Di­a­mond in­tro­duces multi-mis­sion DA62

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

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.

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