Transforms Textron’s CJ4 VIP transport aircraft into MPA
BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO) and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), showcases the advanced configuration of its ASIO solution for the first time at the Farnborough Airshow. The new configuration of the ASIO integrates pre-mission intelligence planning tools along with unique mission sensors configuration and sophisticated analysis algorithms, providing unique alerts of various suspicious activities.
Ideal for maritime surveillance, the ASIO MPA (maritime patrol aircraft) can detect, investigate and effectively intercept suspicious activities like smuggling operations, piracy, illegal fishery or terror threats.
Prior to the flight, ASIO operators analyse satellite images, Automatic Identification System (AIS) data and other information of the sailing vessels, automatically flagging suspicious activities that will be further investigated by the ASIO MPA. During the flight, the ASIO MPA surveillance sensors will supplement the pre-flight analysed data with real-time information received from the onboard sensors, including unique integration with a Communications Intelligence (COMINT) sensor and real-time communication, providing the information to the Command and Control centre and supporting navy ships.
“Integrating pre-mission intelligence planning tools with real-time data gathered from various airborne sensors, and analysing the data using sophisticated real-time data analysis, the new ASIO configuration offers very high capabilities for aerial surveillance and maritime patrol,” Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Bird Aerosystems, explained. “The new ASIO configuration is offered as a full turn-key solution that strengthen the crew’s situational awareness and leverage the effectiveness of the maritime patrol mission.”
Together with Textron Aviation Inc., BIRD Aerosystems presents the advanced configuration of the ASIO solution installed on Textron Aviation’s Cessna CITATION CJ4 aircraft. Equipped with BIRD’s ASIO solution, Textron’s CJ4 VIP transport aircraft is transformed into a sophisticated MPA.