Maritime surveillance craft ready for demonstration

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The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the ground-based program and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems.

Flights for prospective customers around the world are scheduled to begin in the coming months. The mission system testing followed last year’s airworthiness and certification testing.

“The mission systems flight test program proved the functionality and performance of the onboard sensors and was a huge accomplishment for the MSA team,” said David Utz, MSA demonstrator flight test manager.

The testing included hundreds of scenarios to confirm performance of the automatic identification system, radar, electro-optical infrared camera, communications radios and data links, communications intelligence system and the electronic support measures.

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