CobhamÂ will work with Australia’s maritime safety agency to prepare, modify and operate four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jetsÂ for search-and-rescue functions under aÂ potential 15-year, $616 million contract.
The company said FridayÂ it will install new sensors, air-operable doors and high-vision windows on the aircraft and support operations with air crewsÂ that contain a captain, first officer, visual search officer, electronic search observer and aircraft mission coordinator.
AMSA intends toÂ use the aircraft to deliverÂ survival equipment, locate missing people and activated distress beacons and support communications duringÂ an incident, Cobham said.
Peter Nottage, sector president of Cobham’s aviation services segment, said theÂ Mission Management and Communications System included in the contract leverages electronic sensors and broadband satellite connectivity to supportÂ video, audio and image sharing between the jet and a rescue coordination center in Canberra, Australia.
Cobham said it will perform the modifications at its AustralianÂ facilitiesÂ in Adelaide, while the aircraft willÂ operate out of Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.