Swedenâ€™s ST Airborne Systems has completed the first MSS 6000 system upgrade of a Transport Canada Dash 7.Â The work was subjected to a Factory Acceptance Test at ST Airborne Systemsâ€™ facility in Sweden at theÂ end of March, witnessed by the customerâ€™s representative.Â Thereafter, the system was reinstalled and flight tested at Transport Canadaâ€™s facility in Ottawa, Canada in April.Â In connection with the flight test, a refresher maintenance training was also given to the Transport Canadaâ€™sÂ personnel at the Ottawa base.Â With the freshly updated system on board, the Dash 7 is now ready to move for its annual deployment in the Canadian Arctic for the next 5 months.
In the meantime, a second system has been upgraded in Sweden on one of Transport Canadaâ€™s two Dash-8s, which will be verified in flight with participation of personnel from Transport Canada and ST Airborne Systems in early June.
Finally, a third system on the second Dash-8 is planned to undergo the same work in mid-August.Â The MSS 6000 systems, which were initially installed on the three aircraft between 2006-09 are used to help protect Canadaâ€™s ocean resources including its fragile marine eco systems.Â ST Airborneâ€™s MSS 6000 serves to detect, classify and track all targets of potential interest, one example being marine oil spills.Â Having such a capability allows a more effective enforcement of Canadaâ€™s domestic pollution legislation. The three systems enables Transport Canada to track and identify polluters in all weather conditions on a 24 hour basis.
The MSS 6000 is a mission management system that links all available information together to provide a situation overview.Â It is based on the Geographical Information System (GIS) technology which is presented agabist a backdrop of a digital nautical chart.Â It works with a side-looking airborne radar for the detection of small objects and anomalies on the sea surface, advanced search radar for tracking all target movements, advanced FLIR for close up observation and the real time transfer of videos, images and tactical map situation. Â Alan Warnes