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Field completes Japan Coast Guard mods

April 19, 2011, Mississauga, Ont. - Field Aviation has completed modifications on the final Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 Maritime Patrol/Search and Rescue aircraft for the Japan Coast Guard.

April 19, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

The aircraft, delivered to Sojitz Corporation, prime contractor to the Japan Coast Guard, represents the culmination of an eight-aircraft modification program which commenced in 2007. The Dash 8 Q300s modified by Field Aviation each feature a functional missionized interior, large conformal observation windows and a unique air drop capability through a Field Aviation-designed and certified air-operable rear cargo door, a vertical drop hatch and dual A-size launcher tubes.


The surveillance suite consisting of state-of-the-art sensor technology includes 360_ surface search radar, a stabilized electro-optical – infrared turret and a specialized suite of mission navigation and satellite communications.

The delivery of the Japan Coast Guard aircraft brings to over 30 the number of Bombardier Dash 8 series aircraft modified by Field Aviation for specialized roles and applications.

Field Aviation is internationally recognized for its uniquely engineered products and services, and the modification and conversion of aircraft for special application purposes. These capabilities have made Field Aviation a world leader in the adaptation of commercial aircraft for special mission use; ranging from flight inspection to electronic surveillance to maritime patrol and search and rescue. Special mission aircraft modified by Field Aviation are today serving governments throughout the world providing a wide range of essential services.


Known also for its airframe and flight deck upgrade programs, Field Aviation also designs, engineers and integrates VIP and corporate shuttle interior completions for 'Regional Class' aircraft, manufactures airframe parts and accessories for current production commercial aircraft including the Bombardier Q400 and the new Viking Twin Otter Series 400, and continues to support numerous out of production aircraft with low volume parts, assemblies and components.


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