Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the Japan Coast Guard has selected the Bombardier Q300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) as its next-generation patrol and surveillance aircraft.
Sojitz Corporation of Japan is the prime contractor to the Coast Guard and will acquire three Q300 turboprops from Bombardier. Field Aviation Company inc. of Toronto will provide the mechanical modifications to the aircraft and install the surveillance equipment.
This order is the fourth instance in which the Q300 aircraft has been ordered for the maritime patrol role. In March 2006, National Air Support ordered three Q300 aircraft to supplement the five Dash 8/Q200 aircraft in the Surveillance Australia Coastwatch program. The Swedish Coast Guard selected three Q300 aircraft for its maritime surveillance mission. In 2005, the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) chose the Q300 aircraft for low- and medium-altitude navigation aids inspection and calibration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Office selected three Q200 turboprops for use as Multi-Role Surveillance Aircraft (MRSA) as a key element of their Department of Homeland Security programs.
“More and more operators around the world are recognizing the merits of the Canadian designed-and-built Q-Series aircraft for non-airline missions,” said Derek Gilmour, Vice-President, Specialized Aircraft Solutions, Bombardier Aerospace. “This is a strong endorsement of the quality, reliability, ruggedness, cabin comfort and low operating costs of Bombardier aircraft.”
A total of 39 Q-Series aircraft are operating, or have been ordered by, operators in Japan. In September 2006, Bombardier announced that it is establishing a spares depot in Japan to provide Bombardier business and regional aircraft customers with comprehensive spare parts support. The new facility, scheduled to open in 2007, will be strategically located near the Narita International airport, and will enhance Bombardier’s already established parts distribution network in the Asia-Pacific region.
More than 700 Bombardier Q-Series aircraft are operating in various roles around the world today.
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