Saab integrates its Swordfish mission system on two patrol aircraft

18 February 2016 (Last Updated February 18th, 2016 18:30)

Saab has announced the installation of its Swordfish mission system on two maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), Bombardier's Q400 turboprop and Global 6000.

Saab has announced the installation of its Swordfish mission system on two maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), Bombardier's Q400 turboprop and Global 6000.

The integration of the platform with Saab's system will enable a range of maritime C4ISR and combat roles and operations.

The mission system is equipped with an array of features, including AESA 360° multi-mode radar, multistatics acoustic system, EO/IR sensor with integrated laser payload, and data fusion with highly integrated C4 Mission System, as well as tactical and common datalink options.

"Swordfish MPA integrated on the Global 6000 will enable maritime surveillance from the air at significant distances from base."

Saab's Swordfish MPA mission system is suited to perform long-duration patrol or search-and-rescue missions, as well as handle complex anti-submarine and anti-surface unit warfare tasks integrated within a single objective.

Swordfish also offers overland intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions and can be customised according to customer specifications.

The mission suite provides the operators with multiple domain awareness spanning from littoral waters to the ocean leveraging on its advanced mission system and an integrated sensor suite.

Saab business area support and services head Jonas Hjelm said: "We are proud to offer the cutting-edge Swordfish MPA system on a brand-new, high-performance aircraft, which can be a turboprop or a jet. Potential customers are free to select the platform that best serves their operational needs."

Swordfish MPA integrated on the Global 6000 will enable maritime surveillance from the air at significant distances from base.

The aircraft is equipped with torpedoes, and other stores from wing mounted hard points.

The Q400 platform facilitates high cruise speeds, low-speed handling, economical operating costs suited for MPA mission profile.