Your Gain in the Air
The PC-12 NG is particularly well suited for surveillance work, and can also accomplish a multitude of missions. Compared to other twin-engine turboprop, jet, and rotary-wing aircraft, the PC-12 NG is far less costly to buy and operate over its lifecycle. The basic Spectre option for the PC-12 NG includes an operator station and sensor lift mechanism for USD $650,000. EO/IR sensor, additional equipment and aircraft options for specific mission requirements are typically quoted on a case-by-case basis.
Spectre Surveillance System
The PC-12 NG Spectre serves as an excellent platform from which to conduct surveillance missions. The electro-optical and infrared sensor system is located in the tailcone and is lowered and retracted as required by a lift device remotely operated by the pilot or the mission controller. The two inward-opening doors minimize air resistance and allow 360° sensor field of view when lowered into the air stream.
The PC-12 NG’s spacious and pressurized cabin is particularly well suited for lengthy surveillance missions and durability in the long term.
To tailor the cabin environment to the needs of each individual operator, the PC-12 NG Spectre can be specified with a number of options, including executive and standard seats, sensor operator and observer stations, multiple communication radios, data link, and even a private lavatory. Each PC-12 NG Spectre is uniquely configured to meet the mission requirements of its operator.
Prolonged use of state-of-the-art surveillance systems requires an appropriately equipped operating environment. With that in mind, Pilatus developed an modular operator control station which can be specified to house a variety of monitoring displays, recording media, and sensor system controls. The PC-12 NG Spectre can play an integral role in providing real-time airborne surveillance and communication with ground personnel.