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Saab 340 MSA - Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

The Saab 340 MSA is a totally integrated multi-role surveillance solution for detection, classification and identification of maritime contacts. It is also a powerful Search-And-Rescue asset and is capable of operating independently or in unison with other marine and land-based assets. The Saab 340 MSA is a complete airborne operational system using the latest maritime products and technologies available. The heart of the 340 MSA is the Mission Management System. With a number of on-board sensors connected it gives the aircraft the capabilities required for monitoring large maritime areas day and night, in rain, snow or fog.

Communication is a key ingredient of maritime domain awareness. To provide continuing communication capabilities the Saab 340 MSA is equipped with Secure-AIS data links and a reliable SATCOM system. This makes it possible to send and receive orders from/to higher command or other units in a secure way, providing them with a real-time maritime common situational picture and a fast link for orders. The Saab 340 and 2000 are both reliable, cost effective and safe aircraft. The Saab 340B is a favorite among aircraft passengers, offering flexibility, comfort and reliability, while operators also value it for its cost-effective performance capabilities. Highly dependable and with low operational costs, the aircraft has consistently generated profits for a wide range of regional air transport services. These attributes make the Saab 340B an attractive proposition for operators. The Saab 2000 combines reliable performance with low operating costs. As the fastest commercial turboprop on the market, with a maximum speed of 665 km/hr, it delivers jet speed at turboprop economy levels.

The Saab 340 MSA is designed to provide maximum performance at minimum cost. Based on the well-proven Saab 340 airliner the aircraft is built as standard with enhanced structural and system life. To date, only a small part of its technical and economic life span has been utilised. When transformed into a Maritime Surveillance Aircraft the airliner is re-manufactured by the same people that once built it and given a complete overhaul to deliver as new. With the same warranties as new and a design life at delivery of some 30 years of operation. The fuselage is re-manufactured to suit the aircrafts new tasks. The overhaul includes the addition of a range of new systems as well as a completely refurbished working environment featuring everything the crew need for enduring long missions in comfort.

By combining a successful, proven platform with a range of state-ofthe-art equipment, the Saab 340 MSA has become one of the most affordable, reliable and capable Maritime Surveillance Aircraft available today. The Saab 340 MSA is a totally integrated multi-role surveillance solution for detection, classification and identification of maritime contacts. It is also a powerful Search-And-Rescue asset and is capable of operating independently or in unison with other marine and land-based assets. With a maximum endurance of 9 hours and a maximum range in excess of 1,980 NM. Equipped with proven sensors for detecting, classifying and identifying maritime surface contacts. The Saab 340 MSA is a complete airborne operational system using the latest maritime products and technologies available.

The heart of the 340 MSA is the Mission Management System. With a number of on-board sensors connected it gives the aircraft the capabilities required for monitoring large maritime areas day and night, in rain, snow or fog. Communication is a key ingredient of maritime domain awareness. To provide continuing communication capabilities the Saab 340 MSA is equipped with Secure-AIS data links and a reliable SATCOM system. This makes it possible to send and receive orders from/to higher command or other units in a secure way, providing them with a real-time maritime common situational picture and a fast link for orders. The aircraft can operate from short airfields and its auxiliary fuel capabilities allow for missions up to 9 hours or 2000 NM range. This means that the 340 MSA has the endurance to be out there when it happens and the technology needed to act in a suitable way.

The ability to detect, classify and identify maritime objects and to handle information effectively in real time is key to maritime domain awareness. To ensure these capabilities the Saab 340 MSA is equipped with Secure-AIS and SATCOM providing both voice and data link communication. The mission system is also integrated with the Cockpit Multi Functional Display and Flight Management System, which makes interaction with the pilots reliable, agile and efficient.

When an unidentified object is detected or a distress call is received the radar sources are coordinated and a waypoint marking the objects location is sent to the Flight Management System. As the aircraft closes in, radar and the SAR direction finder, together with AIS or the electro-optical sensors high-resolution TV-camera, are used to pick up emergency signals, detect debris or people in the water and identify the object or ship. The position is sent via SATCOM, video is streamed to the ground and other assets. After the incident a report is prepared and sent to the ground. All data gathered is stored in a database.





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