A Royal Danish Air Force Canadair CL-604 Challenger (Image © Marcel Burger)

Danish Challengers heading for upgrade

Three of four Canadair (Bombardier) CL-604 Challenger jet aircraft the Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) uses for fishery patrol & passenger transport, will have to be upgraded to keep their value to the task at hand, sources within the Danish Ministry of Defence confirmed.

A Royal Danish Air Force CL-604 Challenger on an earlier mission over Greenland (Image © Luftgruppe Vest / RDAF)
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Only the fourth Challenger that has been purchased recently for VIP flights of the Danish government will not take part in the upgrade. The other three need new radar and sensor equipment plus the Forward Looking Infrared camera for their surveillance role. That role includes the detection of oil spills at sea for which the Challenger’s current equipment, including the Ocean Eye Radar on its belly, is not sufficient. An upgrade of the flight deck is expected as well.

All Challengers fly with Eskadrille 721 (721 Squadron) based at Aalborg Airbase, as are the four Danish C-130J Hercules airlifters. The CL-604s not only perform patrol duties over Danish waters of mainland Europe, they fly out as well to the Faroe Islands and perform long-distance partrols over Greenland, where the Challenger also has search and rescue as a standard task.

The RDAF CL-604 are operated by a crew of 3 or 4, can transport 6 to 8 passengers in VIP seating, or 18 in standard seating. Providing Denmark with a basic medevac flight with patients on stretchers is part of the Challenger’s job.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Royal Danish Air Force Canadair CL-604 Challenger (Image © Marcel Burger)