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PARIS: Thales, PAL join forces on surveillance-roled Q300

Thales and its Canadian partner, PAL Aerospace, are using the Paris air show to provide further details of their collaboration on a special-mission development of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q300.

The companies are promoting their "on-demand" intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) development, which introduces the Thales Searchmaster maritime radar and Amascos mission system onto the Q300 airframe.

Plans for the "Force Multiplier" multi-mission system were announced at the CANSEC show in Canada early this month, with PAL offering to provide flightcrew and mission system operators to customers from next year. This model will enable nations to employ an ISR capability "without owning, operating and maintaining the aircraft and equipment".

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By using the ISR capability on a per-hour basis, customers will be able to gain experience in using such equipment, and support personnel training activities prior to making future acquisitions. Thales will also gain a new capability to demonstrate its mission systems to prospective buyers.

"The platform is currently being integrated, and will be presented during the Dubai air show in November," says Thales.

Additional details of the innovative concept will be disclosed by partners on Tuesday.

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