Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Boeing’s Key Defence Systems: MSA

Boeing’s MSA is the ideal platform for monitoring large coastal areas, long-range search and rescue situations, and humanitarian efforts.
(Photos: Stefan Nitschke)
The Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) on display at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2015) in Malaysia is based on the Bombardier CHALLENGER. The aircraft, numbered N614BA (c/n 5614), was used for tests and deployed for demonstration flights, having completed ground and flight-testing of mission systems. Flights for prospective customers around the world were scheduled to begin in the coming months. As said by Bob Schoeffling, Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Programme at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, testing included hundreds of scenarios to confirm performance of the Automatic Identification System (AIS); radar; electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera; communication radios; data-links; Communications Intelligence (COMINT) devices; and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) systems. Potential missions encompass anti-piracy; immigration patrols; Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) enforcement; coastal and border security; and long-range search and rescue. According to Boeing in a media advisory on 12 March 2015, the MSA applies advanced, proven, fielded ISR capabilities.

The MSA is a multi-intelligence maritime surveillance platform that builds on P-8A POSEIDON and E-3 AWACS Block 40/45 mission systems to provide a high capability, low-risk Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform in a mid-size business jet aircraft.

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