The main concept of the Orca is to enhance typical maritime security missions, while merging seaborne and airborne operations, making it a more superior alternative to rotor wings.
The Orca can be typically equipped with camera and radar systems for search and surveillance, stretchers for medical evacuation and self-protection items for defence purposes. The Orca can be highly customized and ideally suited to the current operational profile and demand. Dornier Seawings is in negotiation with several governmental marine departments, which have shown serious interest by using the Orca to ensure a high level in maritime security aspects.
The Orca is also useful for analysing plastic garbage in the ocean, where typical seaborne assets can’t provide research on a daily basis. The in-water plastic analysis could become to an important first step to be successful in reducing plastic waste that ends up in the ocean by defining the waste origins and the right countermeasures.
Besides being equipped with the most modern systems, the Orca also features an all-composite airframe which make it corrosion-free even in salty environment. It can handle rough sea conditions with its boat-shaped fuselage and water surface optimized design elements. Due to an efficient combination of 5-blade propellers and powerful turbine drive, the Orca is economical efficient and the fastest amphibious in its class.
It is expected that first Orcas will be ready to enter service in 2022.
Companies: Dornier Seawings