By Arie Egozi
Some potential customers are evaluating the maritime patrol aircraft offered by Israeli company BIRD Aero systems together with Textron Aviation. The system is based on the Citation CJ4 aircraft .
The system carried by the VIP jet is BIRD’S ASIO MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) capable of detecting , investigating and effectively intercepting suspicious activities like developing terror attacks.
Prior to the flight, ASIO operators analyze satellite images, Automatic Identification System (AIS) data and other information of the sailing vessels, automatically flagging suspicious activities that will be further investigated by the ASIO MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft).
During the flight, the ASIO MPA surveillance sensors will supplement the pre-flight analyzed data with real-time information received from the onboard sensors, including unique integration with a Communications Intelligence (COMINT) sensor and real-time communication, providing the information to the C&C center and supporting Navy ships.
According to the Israeli company the new ASIO configuration is offered as a full turn-key solution that strengthens the crew’s situational awareness and leverage the effectiveness of the maritime patrol mission.