Used G-III Becomes High-Tech Test Bed
There is life for used business jets, although not many will enjoy the fate of a G-III that Lockheed Martin recently had renovated. The aircraft is now known as the Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory and it will be used to test the myriad of sensors, detectors and whatever else the company is developing to help U.S. military aircraft do their jobs better. "We've designed the AML so that we can easily test a myriad of sensors to advance the science and art of correlating diverse types of intelligence – with the goal of rapidly providing high-quality data," said Jim Quinn, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services-Defense's vice president of C4ISR Systems. The aircraft was signed off by the FAA a couple of weeks ago and is undergoing tests. LockMart subcontracted the construction (complete with mysterious-looking belly pod) to the IKHANA Group Inc.
IKHANA is the amalgamation of Total Aircraft Services and RW Martin Inc. and both played a role in the development of the sensor platform. RW Martin did the nuts and bolts, while TAS did the design and paperwork. RW Martin is also a major rebuilder of Twin Otters and announced an STC for a 900-pound payload boost for 200-series Twin Otters to 12,500 pounds.