Field Aviation has delivered the fourth missionized Challenger aircraft to Cobham Aviation Services, just three months after the delivery of the third aircraft. These aircraft will be used to provide enhanced search-and-rescue capabilities in support of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s operations.
Field Aviation designed, installed, flight tested and certified structural, electrical and aerodynamic changes to the aircraft. These included a lavatory, galley and cabin area reconfiguration, as well as the installation of the sensor provisions and aerodynamic modifications. Cobham Aviation Services completes the aircraft with the installation of sensors and a mission management system once they arrive in Australia.
The jets have been modified to incorporate new-generation sensors and SAR equipment, two belly radomes (search radar and direction finding system), a retractable EO/IR camera in the aircraft tail, conformal enlarged observation windows, a missionized interior and an air-operable cargo door.
October 5, 2016