Boeing has selected Bombardier's Challenger 605 business jet for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program. (Bombardier)
Boeing has selected Bombardier’s Challenger 605 business jet for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft program (MSA). The MSA combines a low-cost business jet with surveillance systems from Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Field Aviation is currently modifying a Challenger jet into an MSA demonstrator aircraft that will be shown to potential customers in 2014.
“The Challenger 605 is an ideal platform to host MSA’s mission system, sensors and communications equipment,” said Tim Peters, Boeing vice president for mobility, surveillance and engagement, in a company statement. “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.”