Cobham provides turn-key airborne surveillance operations to the
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
To provide this special mission capability, Cobham engineers
modified ten Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, combining new-generation
surveillance sensors and advanced satellite communications systems
with highly-reliable, long-range aircraft. Each aircraft is a
live link in a national data communications chain that generates an
unprecedented stream of timely, high-quality surveillance
information to enable informed border security decisions in real
Cobham was responsible for the system integration to the
platforms. The system development, completely designed at Cobham's
Adelaide facilities, commenced with equipment evaluation to ensure
sensor technical compliance and performance, reliability and
through life support that was required to provide above the
performance criteria of the contract. In addition, a consultative
process with the sensor operators was undertaken to provide a
functional workspace within the aircraft improving the
communication of the crew.
Cobham continues to monitor improvements in sensor and platform
technology and conducts system developments forums with the
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on a regular
basis. System improvements have been driven through this process
with the recent inclusion of the Dash 8 air operable door,
providing in-flight dispatch of rescue equipment.