Cobham launches first CL-604 jet aircraft to provide a search and rescue service over land and sea.
CAIRNS, Australia - The world's most technologically advanced
civil search-and-rescue aircraft was launched today by Cobham for
the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The first of four
specially-modified Bombardier Challenger CL-604 aircraft commences
operations today on the first day of Cobham's 12-year contract with
Peter Nottage, Chief Executive of Cobham Aviation Services, said
the new aircraft will significantly enhance airborne
search-and-rescue tasks with faster response times, extended range
and considerably longer presence in Australia's search and rescue
region using the latest generation search sensors and providing
much-advanced communications with AMSA's Joint Rescue Coordination
Centre in Canberra.
"The technology on board this aircraft will enable AMSA's Search
and Rescue officers to be virtual crew members for the first time
ever, with eyes and ears at the scene as events unfold," Mr Nottage
said. "This is a quantum leap for Australia's airborne search
and rescue capability and will ultimately benefit people whose
lives and safety are at risk on land or at sea."
"It is the culmination of a complex and challenging
program of work and is testament to the quality and skills of
Cobham's people and the excellence of our suppliers and partners
here in Australia and abroad. It underscores the capability and
sophistication of Australian technology and workers."
The first aircraft will be based in Cairns. Two others will be
based in Melbourne and Perth, with the fourth in Melbourne as a
- The Challenger 604 aircraft is faster with greater range and
- The aircraft has been fitted with latest generation sensors,
high-vision windows and a SAR stores delivery system for aerial
delivery of life saving equipment.
- The aircraft's mission management and communications system is
state-of-the-art with broadband satellite communications allowing
real time sharing of streamed video, audio and imagery between the
aircraft and AMSA's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.
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