Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft announced their fixed wing remote sensing platform, the DA42 MPP GUARDIAN, has been conducting vital surveillance missions throughout the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Because of increased security needs during the Games, British organizations had to assign third party companies with observation contracts to ensure airborne security tasks.
Equipped with a FLIR Systems electro-optical infrared camera, secure data links and specialist communications, the Diamond Aircraft has been patrolling the skies over London for event protection.
With fuel efficient diesel engines from Austro Engine, coupled with low CO² emissions, the aircraft is able to stay airborne nonstop for more than eight hours per mission.
The MPP has demonstrated it is the perfect complement to traditional police helicopter platforms, and can add substantial capability at a fraction of the operating costs of traditional platforms.
The aircraft was already used several times for the same purpose during the Austrian “Donauinselfest” outdoor music festival that takes place every year in Vienna.