Diamond Aircraft has performed the maiden flight of its special mission DA62 equipped with a COMINT/C-ESM airborne system.

Diamond’s system integration engineers have been working in mounting a compact COMINT/C-ESM (Communications Intelligence/Communications Electronic Support Measures) system from Rohde & Schwarz onboard the DA62 special mission aircraft.

The platform is capable of providing valuable communications reconnaissance and surveillance using the most advanced techniques detecting, analysing and geo-locating signals of interest automatically.

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Operator station in the DA62 special mission aircraft

The system provides COMINT/C-ESM capabilities for all types of communications signals from VHF to UHF.

The DA62 MPP in a COMINT/C-ESM configuration also features an EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infra-Red)sensor, which can be used for detection, recognition and visual identification of any potential targets and could be automatically guided to the direction as well as to the source of the signal.

The DA62 platform is viewed as a tool for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, as well as counter-drug operations, homeland security, and search and rescue.

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Diamond’s DA62 special mission aircraft with the latest COMINT/C-ESM equipment fitted

Markus Fischer, Director of Diamond’s Special Mission Aircraft, said, “Another big step into our next phase of expanding the capabilities of Diamond’s Special Mission Aircraft flagship – the DA62 MPP.

“The large volume provides our design engineers more space to install state of the art high-end technology without being limited in space. COMINT/C-ESM technology in combination with an EO/IR sensor is highly demanded on the market and I am happy to say that we are well prepared to serve those requirements.”

After completing the complex design of this configuration, a flight campaign has followed to evaluate the performance and the capabilities of the system.

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Mission compartment of the DA62

During the flight trials at Diamond’s Headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Diamond’s Technical Manager Nikolaos Mavrikis said, “The level of automation of the Rohde & Schwarz software as well as the accuracy of detecting and intercepting signals exceed any expectation. We have been impressed from the operator’s interface and its simplicity.”

Whether used for border protection, rescue operations at sea or surveillance missions, the air-based communications reconnaissance systems from Rohde & Schwarz record, classify and locate communication signals reliably from an aircraft.

Felix Wagner, Director Sales for monitoring and network testing solutions at Rohde & Schwarz, explained, “Our long-standing cooperation with Diamond Aircraft and the professional collaboration of our teams have made it possible to integrate our communication reconnaissance systems from the DA42 into the DA62 in an extremely short time.

“Diamond Aircraft is a flexible and reliable partner for integrating our systems. Their aircraft are ideal carrier platforms. Together with high-performance integrated sensors, the DA62 enables highly efficient reconnaissance from the air.”

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Ground-based mission control

Airborne configuration: DA62 Special Mission Aircraft

Ground configuration

  • In house designed ground station with the support of Haivision’s media platform
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Diamond’s DA62 special mission aircraft