Air Platforms

US plans upgrade for Royal Thai Navy Do 228 maritime surveillance aircraft

26 April 2018

Plans are being developed by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the upgrade of seven Royal Thai Navy (RTN) Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft under the US government-funded Building Partner Capacity programme.

Used for maritime patrol and exclusive economic zone surveillance, the Do 228 aircraft are currently configured with a Telephonics RDR 1550B radar and a FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE II electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turret. According to a request for information (RFI) issued by NAVAIR on 23 April, the planned upgrade will include the introduction of new sensors and mission systems.

Specific components listed in the RFI include a multimode radar with a minimum detection range of 160 n mile (296 km); an EO/IR five-axis stabilised multipayload system; a communications package including beyond line of sight (X-band) and datalink; avionics systems including navigation, automatic direction finding, instrument landing system, flight management system, traffic alert and collision avoidance system, and ADS-B transponder; a mission operator station and operating software; AIS; electronic support measures; and a mission data recorder.

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