P-10 SWORDFISH | MARITIME PATROL
The P-10 Swordfish is a regional maritime patrol aircraft, designed to patrol New Hayesalian waters in areas of special interest. It is distinct from the P8 Poseidon, which serves longer-range missions. In New Hayesalian service, the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 is the 'chassis' of the system.
The Swordfish comes with a range of customised equipment for special mission operations, including:
Should it come under attack, the Swordfish can defend itself with an electronic warfare and self-protection suite.
In addition to both land and sea maritime, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and C4ISTAR (command, control, communications, computers, information/intelligence, surveillance, targeting acquisition and reconnaissance) missions, Swordfish is useful as a platform for anti-piracy and border control. The aircraft us used for such tasks as long-range search and rescue, combat search and rescue, maritime counter terrorism and special forces support. The Swordfish can also be used in combat scenarios, including anti-submarine and anti-surface unit warfare.
The aircraft is fitted with four hard points under the wings which can carry anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and drop pods for search-and-rescue missions. The Swordfish can now carry up to six MU90 lightweight torpedos for anti-submarine warfare. Alternatively, it can carry air-launched anti-ship missiles or a combination of different weapons. If the aircraft is being used for a search and rescue mission, each pylon can carry a Skad rescue pod containing a life raft and other equipment which can be dropped next to survivors in the sea.
The cockpit is fitted with Bombardier’s Vision Flightdeck while there are five operator work stations, together with a crew rest and mission planning area. The work stations are fitted with 30in flat screen displays powered by a track data fusion engine (TDFE) which combines data into a clear and accurate air situation picture, reducing operator workload and enabling faster responses to various situations.
At the rear of the aircraft is an area for sonobuoy stowage with 112 slots for NATO standard A, F and G sonobuoy sizes including active, passive and multi-static types. These can be launched using 2 x 10 rotary sonobuoy launchers and two pressurised single launchers which can also handle A, F and G sizes plus. The single launchers are suitable for both high and low altitude drops and could also be used for release of other stories, such as smoke markers.
The rear of the fuselage can be fitted with a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) boom from CAE for submarine detection which is almost ten times lighter than systems such as AN/ASQ 233A, AN/ASQ 508.
There is also a lavatory and a galley, for long range missions. There are additional observer positions for other government personnel or visitors, such as National Police members, to take part in flights. Wide-view observation windows provide them with ability to achieve mission objectives.
A high-definition electro-optical payload, integrated with laser sensor, is mounted under the nose to provide continuous surveillance, high-quality imagery and enhanced target detection.