Beechcraft high­lights ISR plat­forms

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE PARIS AIR SHOW REPORT -

in Paris ] as to go on sur­veil­lance mis­sions at short no­tice. The air­craft can sup­port six-hour mis­sions with its fuel/pay­load. Beechcraft has long served the ISR mar­kets with its range of King Air tur­bo­props and first in­tro­duced a ver­sion of its twin-en­gine pis­ton Baron G58 air­craft with ISR ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The com­pany de­liv­ered the first Baron G58 with an ISR pack­age in 2013 to the Fuerzas Unidas de Ráp­ida Ac­ción (FURA), an agency within the Puerto Rico Po­lice Depart­ment that uses the air­craft for law en­force­ment sur­veil­lance mis­sions within the re­gion.

The Baron G58 ISR pack­age in­cludes a FLIR 230-HD elec­troop­ti­cal/in­frared (EO/IR) cam­era sys­tem, an op­er­a­tor’s con­sole that houses the map­ping/mis­sion man­age­ment com­puter, a recorder and a multi-band com­mu­ni­ca­tions ra­dio sys­tem and data link for spe­cial mis­sion op­er­a­tors. The 230-HD EO/IR cam­era has the abil­ity to vir­tu­ally see both day and night, over land and wa­ter, in both good and poor weather.

In­dian Sce­nario

Talk­ing about the In­dian mar­ket, Keady said that the growth has been ‘flat’ and the com­pany was hop­ing that the present gov­ern­ment would bring in ‘friendly im­port reg­u­la­tions’. Tex­tron, he said, has been work­ing with var­i­ous state gov­ern­ments, par­tic­u­larly in the North East where re­quire­ments of such air­craft seem to be com­ing up. The strat­egy, he said, is to un­der­stand the re­quire­ments of the state gov­ern­ments and then pen­e­trate the mar­ket. Its re­cent win has been in Ut­tar Pradesh where the gov­ern­ment has pur­chased a King Air 250. Beechcraft sees op­por­tu­nity in sur­veil­lance in In­dia. The King Air 350ER, he said, had a 2700 search radar which could be used for mar­itime pa­trol and this air­craft had the ca­pa­bil­ity to drop light crafts. The Grand Car­a­van EX could be de­ployed for cargo oper­a­tions and had ca­pa­bil­i­ties to op­er­ate on dirt run­ways.

Mil­i­tary Air­craft De­liv­ered

Beechcraft an­nounced at the show that it had de­liv­ered four T-6D mil­i­tary air­craft to the United States Army. “We are pleased that the US Army is join­ing the US Air Force, US Navy and coun­tries around the world in trust­ing the T-6 to pre­pare and sup­port their com­bat fly­ing forces,” said Russ Bartlett, Pres­i­dent, Beechcraft De­fense Com­pany. “This ver­sa­tile plat­form com­prised of four air­craft will be used in a va­ri­ety of train­ing and mis­sion sup­port ap­pli­ca­tions.”

The Beechcraft T-6D is a hy­brid of the T-6B and T-6C train­ers. It fea­tures new stan­dard avionics, fea­tur­ing in­te­grated mis­sion com­put­ers, up­front con­trol pan­els, multi-func­tion dis­plays and a heads-up dis­play. The Army T-6D air­craft have a hard point wing to al­low car­riage of up to six wing-mounted py­lons and two ex­ter­nal fuel tanks.

Seg­ment Lead­er­ship

More than 7,300 Beechcraft King Air tur­bo­props have been de­liv­ered to cus­tomers around the world since 1964, mak­ing it the best­selling busi­ness tur­bo­prop fam­ily in the world. The world­wide fleet has sur­passed 60 mil­lion flight hours in its first 50 years, serv­ing roles in all branches of the US mil­i­tary, and fly­ing com­mer­cial mis­sions rang­ing from tra­di­tional pas­sen­ger and cargo trans­port to elec­tronic and im­agery sur­veil­lance, air am­bu­lance, air­way cal­i­bra­tion, pho­to­graphic map­ping, train­ing and weather mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

Beechcraft Baron G58 ISR demon­stra­tor

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