Jets set for rescue makeover
posted on Jan 28, 2016
Cobham is integrating advanced sensor equipment and mission systems in to four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 aircraft in South Australia on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
Under a 12-year, $640 million contract Cobham will own, operate and maintain the Challengers for AMSA from bases in Perth, Cairns and Melbourne, ready to fly at 30 minutes’ notice by day and an hour at night on rescue missions of up to eight hours. A fourth aircraft will act as a ready reserve.
AMSA is the government authority responsible for co-ordinating search and rescue across Australia and its maritime zones, covering 10 per cent of the earth’s surface. In 2015 the agency co-ordinated 429 rescues, saving an estimated 219 lives on land and sea.
The Challengers will be a vital part of the AMSA system, locating people in distress, dropping survival equipment and co-ordinating surface rescue efforts...
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