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Airborne Special Mission Demonstrator Hits the Skies

July 11, 2019

The aircraft, a special missions variant of the Viking Twin Otter Series 400, with its pixelated camouflage paint scheme and its leading edge sensor suite, caused a sensation from the very first moment.

As Viking’s principal partner for the tour, Airborne Technologies is in the process of ‘missionising’ the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft.

The company has designed and manufactured wing-mounted S.C.A.R. Pods that house the aircraft’s sensor equipment, and developed a light weight, ergonomic tactical workstation including high-definition touchscreen monitors, data/voice/video recorder, mission management unit and mission radio communications, among other things.

For the World Tour, Viking and Airborne Technologies have chosen the “crème de la crème” of the suppliers in the special mission arena:

  • Aircraft: Viking Guardian 400
  • Design System Architecture: Airborne Technologies (Airborne Linx)
  • EO/IR Turret: Hensoldt (Argos II HD)
  • Radar: Leonardo (Osprey 30)
  • Camera Vision: Sentient (ViDAR)
  • Moving Target Indication: Kestrel (MTI)
  • S.C.A.R. Pods: Airborne Technologies
  • Pylons: Alkan
  • Tactical Workstation: Airborne Technologies
  • Mission Computer: Galleon
  • Augmented Reality System: CarteNav
  • Downlink System: ECS
  • AIS: CNS Systems
  • Training & Simulation Equipment: Aero Simulators
  • Mission Seat: Ikhana

Available for European Prospects to View
Immediately following the Paris Air Show, the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft returned to Airborne’s facility in Austria and is available for European prospects to view until mid-September, when the aircraft will embark on the next leg of its World Tour.

The Guardian 400 demonstration tour includes detailed briefings and demonstration flights with visits scheduled to Austria, Italy, Algeria, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Russia, United States and Canada.

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