Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)

The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) version of DAHER’s TBM-MMA very fast turboprop aircraft is well tailored for applications in airborne surveillance, law enforcement, homeland and border security, counter-smuggling, disaster and environment assessment and rescue missions.

A key point is the TBM-MMA is EASA-certified and meets standards of the FAA or other authorities.

Combining turboprop reliability and operating efficiency, the TBM ISR is both a highly capable and affordable multi-role platform in ISR missions and responds to today’s constrained budgets. As the fastest-single engine multi-mission platform in service today, the TBM ISR can very quickly reach its working zone and maintain an extended on-time presence due to the PT6 engine’s low fuel consumption. Therefore, it also can be used as an advanced operator training platform.

With its under-fuselage retractable sensor turret system that fully retracts and is hidden when not in use, the TBM ISR version retails a high level of visual and noise discretion and is able to operate throughout its normal flight envelope.

The electrically-driven turret is capable of accommodating all leading-edge infrared and electro-optical systems up to 15 inches diameter (Wescam, Flir Systems, etc.), along with a laser options to mark targets. When deployed, the turret offers 360-degree optimal viewing and can carry many sensors – with the ability to remove equipment for a quick-change transfer to another aircraft.

The TBM-MMA turret’s mission information can be combined with a SAR/Ground MTI/Maritime radar, such as the Thales I-master (the world’s leading lightweight tactical surveillance radar) or the Selex ES Seaspray – provide very high operational efficiency.

Efficient tactical mission software enables the sensors to be slaved, with their output shown on multi-screen high-definition mission displays. The data fusion allows to overlay radar, camera footprint, 3D synthetic vision, TAS, rescue patterns and AIS data. A long-duration digital recording function also is available, respecting metadata form and offering the capability to replay in real time while recording. Video, audio and secure information can be transmitted in real-time (line of sight or beyond of sight data link) to a ground-based command post for the coordination of resources and for additional data treatment. Specific equipment such as COMINT or Rover can be added.

Control of the sensor and system package is performed from a “plug-and-play” operator’s console installed on existing cabin floor rail.

A dual head source, controlled by a pilot, is available directly on the multi-function display, improving the crew coordination and dispatching the workload.