Seastar is a 12-seat amphibious flying boat. The aircraft is manufactured from all composite materials and powered by Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turboprop engines. It features state-of-the-art
cockpit avionics and flexible exterior and interior design layouts,
The advanced Seastar design incorporates more than 90 years of Dornier engineering know-how and experience in the operation of seaplanes.
In addition to it's use as a short range island/coastal/lake environment passenger and freight aircraft the possible applications for this aircraft are coastal surveillance, search and rescue, covert operations, drug interdiction, disaster relief, humanitarian, medical and missionary work.
Seastar has the unique capability to combine in a single operation surveillance and intervention by landing on water next to the target. On water, Seastar features the maneuverability and speed of a powerboat.
Extract from the Dornier sales brochure :
The Dornier-typical sponson platforms facilitate personnel, equipment or stretcher ingress and egress on water.
Seastar can mask itself from radar at sea (within sea clutter) by loitering on water remotely offshore and close to the target area for extended time periods. Thus, Seastar enables surprise interventions, paramount for the success of many operations.
Seastar's capability to combine joint operations of different transport means like helicopters, vessels and fixed wing aircraft in one single mission results in drastic cost savings and increase in operational efficiency.
Routine single engine surveillance operation extends on-station endurance to up to 10 hours.
Seastar is an electronically quiet aircraft because of its all-composite construction. Radome(s) can be integrated into the fuselage structure . Seastar inherently eliminates rotor modulation common with helicopters.
The corrosion free composite structure is highly suited for salt water operations and is damage tolerant. Wing and fuselage hard points can be added for external stores.
Large cabin facilitates multiple sensor consoles and crew member stations. External visibility from the cockpit is well suited for night Vision Goggles operations.