Saab Decides to Expand Aircraft Family
Swedish airplane contractor Saab has decided to expand its 2000 Special Mission family to include features which will not only help in matters of safety and security, but also assist in keeping our planet clean. The company has fitted out the basic airframe with new signals intelligence (SIGINT) and maritime patrol versions that will assist officials greatly in a number of different ways.
“Saab” is an abbreviation for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, which is essentially Swedish for “Swedish Aeroplane Limited”. The company was founded in 1937 and originally manufactured only airplanes. However even during its early years it constantly sought ways to expand its services and in the late 1940s it got involved in automobile manufacturer. Today there are numerous different branches of Saab. The company’s aircraft division’s main focus is that of fighter aircraft, but as recent developments show, there are still open to diversification. The Saab Surveillance Systems section of the company that was responsible for the new developments focus on airborne early warning systems. The jump to maritime patrol was a small one, but one that will no doubt have massive significance for people attempting to patrol the waters of our planet.
The Saab 2000 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has a lot of new features that will really assist maritime authorities. It has been predicted that the aircraft will prove to be invaluable when it comes to maritime border security, anti-illegal immigration surveillance and search and rescue missions. The aircraft technology is designed primarily for surveillance and reconnaissance combined with paramilitary taskings, but it can also be used to investigate pollution and help inspect and manage fisheries. An electro-optical sensor package and anti-pollution sensors will help officials better trace the sources of pollution while a 360-degree maritime surveillance radar will be an unimaginably versatile source of information. A satellite communications system combined with datalinks are other features that will no doubt be very useful. The aircraft can also stay aloft for long periods of time – more than nine and a half hours – and has a patrol speed of 160 knots. All of these features will no doubt prove to be very useful to the people who are doing their utmost to patrol our seas.