Boeing has picked a Bombardier business aircraft to work as a platform for a maritime surveillance system Boeing intends to develop for search and rescue missions.
Field Aviation will configure the Challenger 605 air vehicle’s systems and structure by using the P-8A Poseidon mission system solution under the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program, Boeing said Monday.
“The Challenger 605 is an ideal platform to host MSA’s mission system, sensors and communications equipment,” said Tim Peters, vice president and general manager of mobility, surveillance & engagement at Boeing.
“It also provides the power, payload capacity, range, speed and endurance that our customers tell us they need for missions such as anti-piracy; coastal and border security; and long-range search and rescue,” Peters added.
The Poseidon is an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane Boeing based off of its 737 jet and developed for the Navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.
Field Aviation is also configuring a Boeing Challenger 604 aircraft to become an MSA demonstrator plane, which will be used for flight and ground tests and scheduled presentation to possible clients next year.