Dornier Seawings has launched a new amphibious aircraft, the Orca, which it claims can outperform helicopters on governmental maritime operations.
The Orca is based on the existing Seastar with optional internal and external mission equipment stations.
The main concept of the Orca is to enhance typical maritime security missions, while merging seaborne and airborne operations, making it a more superior alternative to rotor wings.
The Orca can be typically equipped with camera and radar systems for search and surveillance, stretchers for medical evacuation and self-protection items for defence purposes.
Another use for the Orca is analysing plastic waste in the ocean, where typical seaborne assets can’t provide research on a daily basis. In-water plastic analysis could be an important first step to reducing plastic waste that ends up in the ocean by defining the waste origins and taking the right countermeasures.
Dornier Seawings Orca performance
The Orca has an all-composite airframe which make it corrosion-free even in salty environment. It can handle rough sea conditions with its boat-shaped fuselage and water surface optimised design elements. It’s powered by two centre-mounted turbine with 5-blade.
Dornier Seawings says it is in talks already with government agencies and that the first Orca should enter in service in 2022.
Dornier Seawings successfully raised 150m euro funding from existing shareholders last year for further research and development of the company’s Seastar project, the construction of its manufacturing facilities and the expansion of production.