Special Missions


Specially modified aircraft, specially manned.

Professional and discrete, bespoke special operations are handled on a need-to-know basis.


Bespoke Special Operations

Alto Aerospace is proud to be a leader in the acquisition, leasing and management of special mission aircraft which is a substantial component of our business. We recognise the utmost importance of matching the right kind of aircraft with the client’s needs, and also undertake all necessary modifications to ensure the aircraft we deliver you is a perfect fit for your projects. This includes the provision of additional equipment and payloads where necessary.

Our service is professional and highly discrete with all information we receive, right from your initial enquiry, is handled on a need-to-know basis to ensure absolute confidentiality for your operation.

In addition to providing special mission aircraft, Alto Aerospace offers a broad range of special mission equipment to lease or buy. This includes cameras, FLIR (forward-looking infrared imaging systems), thermal imaging, RADAR, LIDAR (light radar), and hyper spectral and magnetic detection payloads.


Alto Aerospace specialises in deploying specifically modified manned aircraft platforms, for the purpose of providing ISR capabilities. We are able to provide a full spectrum of ISR operations to include but not limited to:

  • experience pilots,

  • mission sensor operators,

  • deployed maintenance and support for the aircraft,

  • a bespoke modification for the specific task,

  • project oversight with logistics and support,

  • Data/intelligence analysis and processing,

  • Role equipment including:

    • electro-optical infra-red (EO/IR) full motion video (FMV),

    • Maritime Radar

    • LIDAR,

    • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR),

    • Hyperspectral imagery (HSI),

    • Signals intelligence (SIGINT),

    • Communications Intelligence (COMINT)

    • Line of Sight (LOS) downlink

    • Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) uplink

  • Deployable mobile ground station (Armoured or Civilian)

ISR isn’t just for governments and militaries for use in combat or to fight terrorism. Border protection, Police enforcement, Maritime Costguard Agency and the fisheries agency to name a few have an increasing need to understand exactly what is going on in their jurisdiction. Commercial and non-governmental organisations are starting to see the benefits of ISR too.

From crime, piracy, poaching and the protection of commercial companies interests in large-scale agriculture, fishing, gas and oil, there is a need and a benefit to manned ISR.


Maritime Surveillance

Combining advanced radar technology, cutting edge Electro Optic Infra-Red (EO/IR) sensor, a dedicated mission suite and proven special mission aircraft, Alto Aerospace are able to deliver a bespoke, reliable and highly affordable maritime surveillance solution with capability for Line of Sight (LOS) downlink or Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) uplink allowing encrypted data to be viewed by the end user anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Alto Aerospace have specifically developed our platforms to meet and excel in the maritime and coastal domain.

Alto Aerospace have designed bespoke role fits to maximise the end product for each of the following areas:

  • Defence

  • Boarder Security

  • law enforcement

  • environmental concerns, and disaster relief

Our combination of aircraft platforms as well as the various mission equipment available to be fitted to the platforms make an ideal package to fulfil and exceed any requirement.

With on task times exceeding seven hours, Alto Aerospace platforms are ideal for boarder protection against illegal migrant crossings, patrolling territorial waters against illegal fishing, off-shore oil field protection, anti-piracy and environmental monitoring of shipping lanes.

Search and Rescue

Alto Aerospace is proud to provide cost-effective and efficient services using all available assets and new technologies. By offering various aircraft types, Alto Aerospace is able to supply a solution for every requirement.

The DA42 MPP aircraft with a loiter speed of 85 KIAS and an endurance of more than seven hours, this platform is perfect for thorough search patterns.

The Beech King Air B200 is a faster option allowing more area coverage within its tasking profile which again is in excess of seven hours. The Beech King Air B200 also allows for additional operators and equipment to be fitted to maximise the efficiency of the task.

Both aircraft platforms have as standard an Electro Optic Infra Red (EO/IR) sensor as well as Maritime radar and advanced rescue tracking equipment for mobile phones that allow a search path of 70km wide, which is then displayed with GPS lat/Long onto mapping software on the onboard mission computer.

Aerial Survey

At Alto Aerospace we have particular expertise in the leasing and operating of light twin special mission aircraft, such as the Diamond DA42/62MPP, Cessna 421 and King Air 200/350 series aircraft. These multi purpose platforms work perfectly for Aerial survey as they are extremely stable platforms at low speeds allowing best results and clarity to be achieved.


For special missions and bespoke configurations