Toronto, ON | Jan. 28, 2008
Sojitz Corporation of Japan is the prime contractor to the Japan Coast Guard for this project and will acquire the two Field-completed Q300 turboprops from Bombardier Aerospace. The aircraft will be modified by Field Aviation at its Toronto modification centre and will feature a missionized interior, large conformal observation windows and a unique, Field-developed and certified air-drop capability through the inflight-operable rear baggage door.
Surveillance sensors employing the latest technology will be installed, including a 360˚ surface search radar, a stabilized FLIR electro-optical multi-spectral imaging payload, as well as a new suite of modern mission navigation and satellite communications systems. The aircraft modifications, valued at $US13 million, will commence in January 2009, and both aircraft will be delivered by November 2009.
Japan's new aircraft will be operated as the next-generation fixed-wing turboprop for maritime patrol and search and rescue duty within Japan's area of maritime responsibility.
The Dash 8 was first modified for the Maritime Patrol role by Field in 1995, when three aircraft were delivered to Surveillance Australia, which provides airborne surveillance of the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) under the country's COASTWATCH program. Two additional Dash 8 MPAs were delivered to Australia in 2000, and Field is currently modifying additional aircraft that saw the Surveillance Australia fleet grow to 10 Dash 8s by the end of 2007.
Other customers for Field's Dash 8 MPA/SAR Aircraft modifications include US Customs and Border Protection, where the first of a fleet of Series 200 MPAs entered service in 2005, and the Swedish Coast Guard, which received three Series 300 MSA/SAR aircraft in 2007.
Field Aviation is recognized worldwide for its conversions of heavy turboprop and turbofan aircraft for special missions. The company provides end-to-end solutions for parapublic, defense and specialized air support operators which require fast deployment of cost-efficient, reliable airborne platforms. Field celebrated its 60th year of operation in Canada in 2007.
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