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Royal Air Force orders Diamond Sensing Aircraft

20. January 2009

Major break through for Diamond Airborne Sensing -  UK MoD operates DA42MPPs. The Royal Air Force is conducting surveillance operations with Airborne Sensing’s DA42MPP in the UK and other parts of the world.   

The Austrian produced DA42MPP is a modern composite low maintenance aircraft, powered by two turbocharged JETA1 fuel engines, with a total fuel flow of 4,4 US GAL per hour.

On the aircraft side, the de-icing option means the aircraft can operate in icy conditions, the oxygen system means it can fly up to 18,000ft, the Traffic Advisory System prevents near misses, and the passive surveillance kit reduces noise, thermal signature and daylight recognition to a stealth level. All this means the platform can operate in all possible flight and weather conditions.

The platform with its endurance of up to 13 hours, when positioned over the target area and at a range of about 1,200NM, is the perfect surveillance tool for any kind of observation mission like homeland security, surveillance, border control and costal surveillance.

The Multi Purpose Platform carries a gyro-stabilized daylight and thermal video camera, like the MX15i from L3 Wescam, the Star Safire III from Flir or the Polytech’s Ultra Force 350, a line-of-sight downlink system for high quality transfers with a range of more than 100NM and other radios like UHF or a VHF and even military radios. 

The platforms have been transmitting crystal clear, steady pictures and have now each flown over 1000hrs in less than four months without any problems. The all-weather capabilities turned out to be an important factor.
Diamond Airborne Sensing expects a follow-up order for 2009 of six more complete surveillance systems.

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