Toronto, ON | Jul. 15, 2010
This Icelandic aircraft, which was modified by Field Aviation and delivered to the Coast Guard in 2009, is equipped with an ELTA 360° field of view Maritime Search Radar, two Swedish Space Corporation Side Looking Airborne Radars (SLARs), an L-3/Wescam Electro Optical pod, integrated with an L-3/IS Mission Management System.
"The mission suite in TF-SIF is very similar to those in the 3 Dash 8 Q300 aircraft which Field Aviation delivered to the Swedish Coast Guard in 2008" says Joar Gronlund C.O.O. of Field Aviation. "It provides the ability to simultaneously map an oil spill with the position and movement of recovery vessels, oil booms and all other surface activities. As far as we know, no commercial surveillance aircraft in the US inventory are similarly equipped."
"The greatest benefit of a surveillance aircraft which provides a complete situation picture is that oil booms and recovery vessels can be located for optimum effect against the drifting oil mass, and the practicality of this system was clearly demonstrated when one of the Swedish Coast Guard's aircraft assisted Norway's Coast Guard after a tanker ran aground off the Norwegian coast in July 2009."
The capability of this airborne environmental surveillance system will now be further demonstrated with the Icelandic Coast Guard's Dash 8 Q300 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft joining the US Coast Guard, BP and other organizations in their attempts to contain and clean up the largest environmental disaster in US history.
TF-SIF has been contracted by BP for this operation. The aircraft is expected to stay in the Gulf area for the next 30 days before returning to Iceland for domestic as well as further international engagements - including border patrol surveillance west of Africa.
Field Aviation is internationally recognized for its uniquely engineered products and services, and the modification and conversion of aircraft for special application purposes. These capabilities have made Field a world leader in the adaptation of commercial aircraft for special mission use - ranging from flight inspection to electronic surveillance to maritime patrol. Maritime Surveillance Aircraft that Field Aviation has modified are today flying with customers throughout the world.
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Field Aviation at Farnborough July 19-23, 2010 Hall 4 / C20