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Discovery Air Does ISR Mods For Baron

Discovery Air Technical Services did the modifications on Beechcraft's demonstrator ISR Baron.

Discovery Air Technical Services did the modifications on Beech’s demonstrator ISR Baron.

Discovery Air Technical Services(DATS) has delivered a demonstrator model of a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance version of the venerable Beechcraft G58 Baron.

DATS did all the modification work to install the sophisticated gear that turns the comfortable six-place twin into a formidable aerial surveillance platform.

“The G58 ISR Demonstrator incorporates a complete mission suite that includes an electro optical /infrared sensor, mission communications suite, data management with moving map, SATCOM, datalink, GPS, mission operator console with multiple displays and cockpit display,” DATS said in a news

The Toronto-based division of the company finished its work in March and the aircraft is now at Beechcraft’s Wichita facility for painting and other preparations.

The aircraft will embark on a 40-stop world tour to try and interest military and paramilitary organizations in the aircraft, which is being billed as a faster, less expensive and more versatile ISR aircraft than helicopters that are often used in similar roles.

Beech sells a lot of its turboprop King Air 350s in a similar role but the Baron is significantly less expensive to acquire and to operate.

The new airplane is actually the second ISR platform modified by DATS for Beech. At last year’s Paris Air, the first aircraft was delivered to a special enforcement unit of the Puerto Rico Police Department.

Beechcraft released a video on the new Baron ISR project using the earlier aircraft.

Discovery Air Technical Services/Beechcraft G58 ISR

 

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