Boeing believes there is a $10 billion business opportunity in the niche market for mid-sized Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.

Speaking to journalists at the Boeing stand, company executives Fred Smith and Dave Cutter are optimistic about the market for the company’s developmental Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), a Gulfstream 605 business jet especially equipped for maritime surveillance missions.

Smith says using a jet for this mission is ideal because it can fly higher, which can make sensors more effective, and also fly faster than turboprop rivals. Smith says speed is crucial in certain missions, such as search and rescue.