Diamond introduces multi-mission DA62
Diamond Aircraft has developed an MPP Special Mission Aircraft version of its DA62 twin, following the success of the DA42 MPP, more than 100 of which have been delivered worldwide.
Notes Markus Fischer, Diamond Aircraft Austria’s Sales Director for Special Mission Aircraft: “In addition to the unique and outstanding features of the basic DA62, it is the cabin volume and payload capability of the DA62 MPP that will open new markets [and challenge] even significantly heavier and far more expensive conventional turboprop aircraft by combining high utility and capability with very low operating cost.
“Its fuselage provides an ergonomically optimised cabin for two pilots plus two operators, and plenty of cabin volume for mission equipment and gear. A stronger Universal Nose carries EO/IR turrets up to 20in and 100kg, the belly is designed for maritime or land radar applications up to 50kg, and the newly designed satcom pod easily houses L-, Ku-, or Ka Band antennas.”
The DA62 MPP’S two turbocharged, Fadec-controlled Austro Engine AE330 powerplants burn just 26 litres per hour at loiter speed, giving the aircraft an endurance of ten hours, while a specially developed exhaust system blends fresh air with engine emissions and uses the cowling to shield exhaust noise and reduce infrared signature. The DA62 MPP’S 5,071lb MTOW provides a full fuel payload of 1,000lb for crew and mission equipment. It is available in customer-specified paint finishes, including matte grey to reduce reflections and observability.