Bombardier 605 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft


Boeing's Bombardier 605 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) was announced in 2013, and is currently undergoing testing to head to market. The aircraft is well-suited for monitoring MPAs and is capable of conducting a variety of missions such as anit-piracy missions, coastal and boarder security missions and long-range search and rescue missions.

What's old is new again: Boeing’s MSA is a modified version of its P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a wartime beast designed to help the US navy conduct anti-submarine warfare. The MSA has been modified to remove the weapons and antisubmarine capabilities and therefore comes at a much lower cost.

Call me, beep me if you want to reach me?: Boeing's President and CEO described the relationship between the P-8 and the MSA as akin to that between "an iPad and an iPhone." Lighter, cheaper and just as sophisticated.

The ultimate accommodations: The MSA has been designed to support a number of different radars for overwater or overland surveillance, electro-optical/infrared cameras, electronic support measures, communications intelligence and automatic identification system. The aircraft comes equipped with a turnkey system and a customizable service package in order to meet mission needs. The aircraft displays data collected from sensors on two foldable monitors at five workstations - collapsible to three if space demands.


Maximum Operating Altitude: 12,497 meters
Maximum Cruise Speed: 459 knots
Endurance: 8+ hours

No deployments yet; still in testing phase.
  • Company: Boeing

  • Type: Manned Aircraft

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  • Indirect Cost: Payloads not included

  • Link: Product Website

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