For the second time an well-known aircraft manufacturer chooses a Bombardier jet as its next-generation Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Surveilllance platform. After Boeing using the Challenger 604 for its MSA design, on 9 February Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduces its concept based on a modified Bombardier Global 5000 jet.
The ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) – as IAI calls its newest combination, incorporates the ELTA ELM-2022 Maritime Patrol Radar, an electro-optical sensor, the ELL-8385 ESM/ELINT system, and a comprehensive communications suite comprising radios, broadband SATCOM and data-links as well as advanced Electronic Warfare and self-protection Suite.
The integrated multi-mission Command & Control Suite includes multi-purpose operator workstations and a weapon and stores management system which controls the under-wing weapons that may include torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and anti-submarine missiles, or stuff to be used in search and rescue operations.
In the past IAI has been using mainly Gulfstreams for special mission aircraft. No word yet of when the first real IAI / Bombardier ELI-3360 MPA will fly. The Boeing MSA competitor – dubbed Poseidon ‘Lite’ by Airheadsfly.com – is already up and running.
Source: Israel Aerospace Industries, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Computer rendering of the ELI-3360 based on the Bombardier Global 5000 business jet (Image © Israel Aerospace Industries)