In the second half of October, two L 410 UVP-E20 patrol aircraft were transferred to the Polish Border Guard service (PBG) in Gdansk. "Both L 410 aircraft were successfully handed over, and the nearly two – year negotiation and production process was completed," says the company's CEO Ilona Plškova.
After careful preparation at the end of 2018, the L 410 won the tender. “The L 410 was selected based on its parameters, which put it first among small passenger aircraft. The aircraft are based in Gdansk, where a new hangar with all technical and administrative equipment was built for them. The L 410 will be used primarily to monitor Poland's borders and coastlines, but will also participate in joint missions with the European Union's external border security agency Frontex, which protects the EU's external border,” adds Ilona Plškova.
In addition to reliability and ease of maintenance, the aircraft primarily meets the requirements for the range and duration of the flight, and thanks to its spacious cabin that allows to install all the necessary equipment for the operators on Board. "The production process of this specialized version of the aircraft consisted of two stages. The first stage was the actual production of the aircraft in Kunovice, and then the installation of special equipment in Germany, " - informs the company's CEO Ilona Plškova. In addition to two pilots, each aircraft can have up to five specialists on Board.
The patrol version of the L 410 aircraft is designed for patrolling and monitoring traffic on land, sea and in the air. Modern surveillance equipment was supplied by the German company Aerodata AG. Its most important parts are the 360° Osprey 30 radar and the MX-15 EO / IR camera. The Medusa system allows operators to visually analyze signals from individual devices. Radars are used for initial identification of objects on the surface of water, land and in the air, then the remote sensing system allows operators to accurately identify objects at a distance of up to 15 km. In addition, the crew has a satellite communication system that can transmit real-time data in the form of short films and images and provides communication over vast maritime territories.
The transfer of the aircraft took several days and consisted of a thorough inspection of the aircraft, ground equipment and documentation, as well as flight checks of the aircraft themselves and the functions of individual equipment installed.