L3 Technologies will exhibit a new, extended-performance version of Bombardier Q400 aircraft and an AT-802L Longsword light-attack aircraft at the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow.
According to the company, the aircraft are next-generation Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions for government and military applications.
The Q400 multi-mission aircraft and the Longsword, an FAA- and military-certified ISR and light-attack aircraft, will be exhibited at the L3 Aircraft Support Pavilion, with capability briefings provided throughout the trade days of the FIA 2018 airshow from July 16-20, 2018.
“L3 is an industry leader that delivers advanced, rapidly reconfigurable ISR solutions for a variety of complex missions, and we’re investing in more innovative technologies and systems to meet the needs of our customers,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Our customers need aircraft that can be deployed quickly. They want quality, and they want the best solutions for their requirements and their budgets. These two platforms help to accomplish those goals.”
L3’s Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) offers three baseline Q400 aircraft configurations — Multi-Role, Maritime Patrol and ISR/Special Operations — that enable nine mission profiles. The ability to adapt the MMA to meet each user’s distinctive needs sets it apart from other general or multi-purpose systems. Interchangeable, extended-range fuel tanks with mission payload and future provisions for fire-retardant delivery systems enable the platform to be quickly reconfigured for diverse planned operations or quick response to unexpected situations.
“As the world’s threats evolve, our efforts to respond have evolved as well,” said Darryl Conley, Vice President of Strategic Capture for L3 Aerospace Systems. “The L3 Q400 MMA is ready for tomorrow’s challenges and blends the strengths of a modern high-performance turboprop with our proven record as a systems integrator and payload innovator. This platform provides a single, reliable, cost-effective means to do the same work of a mixed fleet of specially equipped aircraft. The L3 MMA is the perfect solution to replace aging maritime/ISR aircraft fleets and the increased costs that go along with them.”
The AT-802L Longsword was developed through a collaboration between aircraft manufacturer Air Tractor and L3 Aerospace Systems. It is based on the successful AT-802-series of Air Tractor aircraft, among the world’s largest and most capable aircraft. The AT-802’s renowned heritage translates to best-in-class payload and endurance, and a global network of support for the more than 770 AT-802 aircraft delivered by Air Tractor.
“Longsword is a low-cost aircraft solution that can be configured for ISR and light-attack missions,” said Jonathan Dalrymple, Vice President of Business Development for L3 Aerospace Systems. “The platform provides precision targeting and enduring surveillance capabilities at a fraction of the sustainment cost of traditional fighter aircraft.”