Dubai Airshow: Boeing’s latest military surveillance aircraft may be in UAE by 2015


By Caline Malek

DUBAI // The UAE could be among the countries in the region to receive military aircraft for maritime surveillance in 2015.

Boeing announced on Monday it had selected Bombardier’s Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) programme, which would be used for anti-piracy missions, coastal and border security, and long-range search and rescue.

The company said it was talking to many countries about the 150 aircraft, planned to be operational in 2015.

“The maritime surveillance aircraft brings to the marketplace a high-performance, cost-effective, maritime surveillance solution that’s based upon the P-8 technology,” Timothy Peters, Boeing’s vice president of mobility, surveillance and engagement, said on Monday at the Dubai Airshow. More info