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L-3 repurposes planes for ISR

Feb. 14, 2014
A Q400 operated by Flybe, a UK firm.
A Q400 operated by Flybe, a UK firm. (Wikimedia)

L-3 Mission Integration is modifying Bombardier's Q400 commercial aircraft for maritime and ISR missions.

“We have customized the Q400 aircraft for longer mission endurance and lower operating costs than other maritime and ISR aircraft in use today,” said L-3 Mission Integrations president Mark Von Schwarz, in a company news release. “The Q400 aircraft design, combined with our proven, high-performance mission system, will meet the most demanding maritime and ISR requirements anywhere, anytime.”

L-3 Mission Integration will be collaborating with Bombardier Aerospace, Marshall Aerospace and Cascade Aerospace to produce the ISR version of the Q400, the latest model in what was formerly known as De Havilland Canada Dash 8, a medium-range passenger aircraft popular with regional airlines. The commercial Q400 has a range of more than 1,500 miles.

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