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Challenger 605 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Despite showcasing the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet-based MSA to potential operators around the world, no sales were forthcoming and by 2017 the aircraft was no longer being actively marketed.

"Boeing developed the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft and demonstrated the system's capabilities around the world in 11 different countries and 50 demonstration flights for potential customers. We have not yet had a customer purchase the capability that we have offered," a company statement to Jane's read, adding, "As the leader in providing airborne ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] to customers worldwide, Boeing carefully evaluates each customer's needs in order to offer them the best solution for the mission. Our portfolio features a wide range of products with various capabilities as we continue discussions with customers about their maritime requirements."

Boeing had taken its advanced capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and outfitted two aircraft specifically for maritime surveillance. Boeing developed the P-8A for the United States Navy and provides an international variant to India with the P-8I. Boeing then leveraged the mission systems from the P-8 and outfitted a Bombardier Challenger to create the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, or MSA.

Boeing developed a new aircraft for a military customer built off a commercial platform – the Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft. The Boeing MSA does more than leverage past programs; it directly applies advanced, proven and fielded intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities from the Boeing P-8, Airborne Warning and Control System, and Airborne Early Warning & Control programs to solve customers’ maritime domain awareness challenges.

Launched at the Farnborough Airshow in 2012, the MSA was pitched as an affordable and capable option for those operators who had a requirement to conduct surveillance missions. At the Dubai Airshow on 18 November 2013, Boeing announced the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its newest Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program. Part of Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program, the airplane will incorporate proven mission system technology currently used by the P-8A program. Challenger 605 has the power, payload capacity, range, speed and endurance for MSA’s missions including anti-piracy, coastal and border security and long-range search and rescue.

The Maritime Surveillance Aircraft employs leading-edge sensors, interoperable data links, high-bandwidth line-of-sight and over-the-horizon communications. The aircraft has a complete sensor set that includes an Active Electronically Scanned Array multi-mode radar, high-definition Electro-Optical/Infrared camera, and advanced Electronic Support. The platform provides reliable, cost-effective operations for maritime surveillance, anti-piracy, economic exclusion zone (EEZ) patrol, overland ISR, long-range search and rescue, and other strategic missions. The aircraft’s interior configuration is versatile and reconfigurable to provide simultaneous or standalone surveillance, executive transport or medevac capabilities.

Max Gross Takeoff Weight 48,200 lbs (21,863 kg)
Wing Span 65 ft (19.8 m)
Height 21 ft (6.4 m)
Length 69 ft (21 m)
Propulsion Two advanced, high bypass turbofans
8,700+ lbf (3,950+ kgf) thrust
High Speed Cruise Mach 0.80+ (459+ knots true air speed)
Ceiling 41,000 ft (12,497 m)
Endurance 8+hrs ISR profile 8+hrs maritime patrol profile
Crew 2 pilots 3 to 5 mission crew



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