Two converging trends are apparent in the market for special mission aircraft (SMA), the blanket term for commercial or military-transport aircraft that have been modified for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) tasks. Missions previously performed by jet airliner platforms, Boeing 737-sized or larger, can increasingly be carried out by regional airliners or business jets, and operators that started with small SMAs based on Textron Beechcraft King Airs or similar aircraft ...

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