|Cirrus Perception aircraft. Photo: Cirrus
[Avionics Today 07-18-2016] Cirrus Aircraft has received FAA certification for Cirrus Perception, a special mission platform tailored specifically for both the Cirrus SR22 and SR22T aircraft models. This new multi-mission, adaptive Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft expands Cirrus Aircraft’s global portfolio by offering unique performance capabilities suitable for airborne traffic and law enforcement operations, aerial surveying, mapping and photography, search and rescue missions, disaster management and support, border surveillance and more. The Minnesota State Patrol has purchased the first Perception aircraft, which represents a significant launch customer for the new solution, according to the company.
Cirrus Perception is equipped with the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics suite. Operators have the opportunity to tailor the aircraft to host an array of sensor and user-station options including multi-spectral imaging systems with ultra long range and electro-optical infrared capabilities. The Cirrus Sensor Mounting System (SMS) can accommodate a wide array of third-party sensor models and is designed to be modular, removable and reconfigurable. Cirrus has also partnered with expert third-party companies who will be able to deliver comprehensive equipment and payload integration services for Perception customers.