C4iSR: Maritime

Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

05 March 2014

Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March.

The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system modifications to accommodate the MSA systems, which have been adapted from the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multi-mission aircraft.

Configuration work was carried out by Field Aviation.

"We accomplished everything we set out to achieve," said Field Aviation Pilot Craig Tylski. "The aerodynamic performance was right on the money and even with the additional aerodynamic shapes, such as the radome, the demonstrator performed like a normal aircraft.

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