30 Mei 2009

More Teeth For MMEA

18 Juli 2008
Bombardier 415MP (photo : Militaryphotos)

In June 13, Bombardier Aerospace announced that the Government of Malaysia had placed a firm order for two Bombardier 415 multipurpose amphibious aircraft (called Bombardier 415MP) for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). With this order, the MMEA became the launch customer in Asia for the specialised Bombardier 415MP. In addition, the contract includes aircraft systems integration and technical type-training for aircrews and ground crews. A variant of the rugged Bombardier 415 amphibious water-bomber, the only aircraft specifically designed for aerial firefighting, the two Bombardier 415MPs will be modified with maritime surveillance capabilities to meet the specialised needs of the MMEA. As such, the two Bombardier 415MPs will be equipped with a state-of-the-art surveillance suite that includes two side-looking airborne radars, one forward-looking infra red (FLIR) pod, an airborne maritime surveillance system, and other avionics and communications equipment. “The aircraft’s ability to fly at low speed and low altitude with great manoeuvrability and to land on water also makes it an ideal aircraft for coastal patrol missions,” said Michel Bourgeois, President, Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft Division of Bombardier Aerospace. “Our Bombardier 415MP aircraft also offers unique multi-mission capabilities for a wide range of missions as it combines the capabilities of a traditional surveillance aircraft with the added benefit of being able to execute direct interventions on water. It is a very capable and cost-effective aircraft, able to carry out a multitude of specialised missions that previously required dedicated vessels and aircraft,” added Bourgeois.

Since delivery of the first Bombardier 415 aircraft in 1994, Bombardier Aerospace has to date delivered 67 Bombardier 415 aircraft to Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Ontario, Quebec and Spain, with 42 aircraft in operation in the Mediterranean region alone. The multi-purpose Bombardier 415MP can be used in a variety of specialised missions such as search-and-rescue, environmental protection, and coastal patrol-cum-transportation. It is fitted with sophisticated sensors to locate and identify vessels, people in distress, and marine pollutants.

The Bombardier 415 receives its heritage from the piston-engined Canadair CL-215 that was developed in the 1960s. To date, more than 142 CL-215s have been sold worldwide. The Bombardier 415’s design responds to a high-wing, amphibian, turboprop aircraft intended for aerial firefighting. Bombardier launched this programme in 1991 with the aim of replacing the CL-215. The maiden flight was conducted in 1993 and first airworthiness certifications were obtained during 1994, with the first delivery to a customer taking place in November 1994.


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