FARNBOROUGH: L-3 Q400 MMA Makes Air Show Debut - Using Bombardier Q400 Aircraft
12 hours flight endurance...
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July 17, 2018 - Farnborough - By Greg Waldron for FlightGlobal
L3 Technologies has introduced its Q400 multimission aircraft at this year's show, acknowledging a pressing market demand for aircraft to patrol the maritime domain.
Based on the Q400 airliner, the Q400 MMA is being pitched in various competitions. The aircraft is based on the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 turboprop airliner, but features several major modifications.
L3 has mounted two large fuel tanks on either side of the aircraft, doubling its range and giving it 12h of endurance. A multimission systems bay has been added below the fuselage. This can house payloads based on customer requirements. In addition, there are hard points for weapons.
Darryl Conley, vice-president strategic capture for L3 Aerospace Systems, says the Q400 was chosen as L3's platform for several reasons, including the ability to fly at low levels, high horsepower, good endurance, its electrical power, and internal cooling.