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Paris Air Show: Leonardo, Diamond team for maritime patrol

17th June 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo and Diamond Aircraft Industries are offering a new version of the twin-engine DA62 aircraft customised for maritime surveillance missions.

The DA62 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (DA62-MSA) will be outfitted with a full ISR suite based on Leonardo’s Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) mission system.

The companies are aiming to fill a market gap with the new solution for cost-effective, short/medium-range land and maritime surveillance platforms in regions such as South America, Africa and the Asia Pacific.

The DA62-MSA’s baseline sensor fit will include a Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS radar, which comes with an suite of modes including optimised maritime patrol capabilities, such as high sea state detection, high resolution ground mapping via synthetic aperture radar modes, ground moving target indication and weather avoidance modes.

The aircraft will also be fitted with a high definition EO/IR turret which will be fully integrated into the operator’s touch-screen ATOS display in order to follow and manage the surveillance missions.

Additional sensor options will include Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures system and Spider communications intelligence system. SAGE provides tactical threat awareness and strategic intelligence gathering in the radio-frequency environment, while Spider can detect, intercept, identify and geo-locate communications of interest.

The DA62-MSA has a take-off weight of 2,300kg, endurance of up to eight hours and can carry up to four crew.

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