As the technology for airborne sensing and surveillance advances and creates smaller and more capable sensor gear, the types of potential platforms for these mods is expanding.
Canada is becoming a world leader in modifying existing airframes to accept the cameras and sensors and Discovery Air Technical Services (DATS) is among the leaders in this niche.
As we reported a few months ago, DATS modified a Beech Baron as an intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that Textron Aviation is now showing off on a world-wide tour.
Earlier this week the company announced that it had received supplemental type certificate approval for a sensing modification to legacy Rockwell Commander aircraft.
“The sensor port can be adapted by the DATS team to address numerous customer mission and sensor requirements,” said Michael Latino, VP of business development and general manager of DATS.