CAIRNS, Australia. Cobham Aviation Services officials in Adelaide, South Australia, are calling a modified Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jet the most technologically advanced civil search-and-rescue aircraft in the world.
Cobham has launched the first of four CL-604 aircraft specially modified for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA); it commences operations today, the first day of Cobham’s 12-year contract with AMSA.
The new aircraft is expected to enhance airborne search-and-rescue tasks significantly with faster response times, extended range, and considerably longer presence in Australia’s search-and-rescue region. It uses the latest-generation search sensors and advanced communications with AMSA’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra, according to Peter Nottage, chief executive of Cobham Aviation Services.
“The technology on board this aircraft will enable AMSA’s Search and Rescue officers to be virtual crew members for the first time ever, with eyes and ears at the scene as events unfold,” Nottage adds. “It is the culmination of a complex and challenging program of work and is testament to the quality and skills of Cobham’s people and the excellence of our suppliers and partners here in Australia and abroad. It underscores the capability and sophistication of Australian technology and workers.”
The first aircraft will be based in Cairns. Two others will be based in Melbourne and Perth, with the fourth in Melbourne as a back-up aircraft.
The Challenger 604 aircraft is faster with greater range and endurance.
The aircraft has been fitted with latest generation sensors, high-vision windows and a SAR stores delivery system for aerial delivery of life saving equipment.
The aircraft’s mission management and communications system is state-of-the-art with broadband satellite communications allowing real time sharing of streamed video, audio and imagery between the aircraft and AMSA’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.
Cobham Special Mission combines state-of-the-art technology with complex air platforms to deliver customised airborne surveillance, operational readiness training, and search and rescue services. Our end-to-end capabilities benefit government and military customers with responsive and cost-effective turnkey solutions for optimal mission performance.
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