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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Boeing’s maritime surveillance aircraft heads for Nordic demonstration

2005 BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2B16Boeing sent its Bombardier Challenger 604-based maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) to appear in the static display at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), as the company looked to attract customers for the offering.

Proposed as a lower-cost alternative to acquiring a dedicated maritime patrol aircraft such as its own 737-based P-8 Poseidon, the MSA lacks armaments or the ability to deploy sonobuoys.

The experimental aircraft sent to RIAT – registered N614BA – is representative of a proposed production MSA configuration, which would use either the Challenger 605 or 650 platforms. Canada’s Field Aviation is Boeing’s conversion partner for the project.

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