BIRD Aerosystems has successfully delivered a complete maritime surveillance task force solution to an undisclosed African government, the company announced on 5 July.
The ASIO Maritime Task Force Solution includes multiple Cessna CITATION CJ3 aircraft, converted to a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, together with BIRD's advanced mission management system (MSIS), which was also installed on a number of vessels as well as at the naval headquarters.
The solution provides customers with an integrated air-sea-land solution, facilitating maritime and coastal surveillance, border and strategic asset patrol and survey and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring. Leveraging MSIS for operational support, including planning, execution, debriefing, online mission updates, and complete situational awareness between all task force components, ASIO delivers an extremely powerful, comprehensive and flexible maritime patrol solution, enabling efficient detection, tracking and interception of any suspicious activity at sea.
“BIRD's ASIO Maritime Task Force Solution, including the Cessna CITATION CJ3 aircraft, will be used to defend the customer's territorial waters, with an emphasis on detecting illegal fishing, oil theft, and smuggling. Rapidly deployed in multiple configurations, ASIO enables even small crews to deliver detailed and comprehensive surveillance information covering large geographic areas," stated Co-CEO, Ronen Factor.