Special Missions

Supporting Special Missions in 12 Countries

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With its multi-role capability in a single airframe, the Series 400 Twin Otter is the most cost efficient solution for special missions. Offering a specialized solution for surveillance, search and rescue, critical infrastructure support, and a range of other Special Missions applications, the Series 400 Twin Otter has proved itself in a range of worldwide government and military support operations.

Viking is holding a Guardian 400 World Tour from 2019-2020, which will feature detailed briefings and demonstration flights at various locations around the world. Click below for more information about the world tour.

Guardian 400 World Tour

Force Multiplier, Cost Divider

With low acquisition and operating costs, exceptional endurance, low speed maneuverability, and short take-off and landing from unimproved surfaces including flexible mission architecture, the Guardian 400 is a cost-effective solution for 21st century special missions requirements. The aircraft can be quickly re-deployed and adapted from surveillance, transportation, search and rescue, medivac and additional mission profiles providing a low cost, force multiplier as an invaluable asset to government and military fleets.

Sharing the same multi-role versatility as the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft, the Guardian 400 can be equipped with wheels, floats (straight or amphibious), skis, or intermediate flotation gear, allowing you to arrive on station, leaving the competition on the runway.

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  • Low acquisition and operating costs
  • Multi-role versatility – operates on wheels, floats (straight or amphibious), skis, intermediate flotation gear
  • Larger payload for extended range and endurance for sorties up to 10 hours
  • Equipped with an electro-optical and infrared imaging turret, 360 degree digital colour radar system, extended range fuel tanks, crew observation station and lavatory
  • Camo Guardian 400
  • Guardian Amphibious landing on water
  • Guardian Cockpit
  • Viking Twin Otter Guardian Door Option
  • S.C.A.R. - 10 Pod
  • Airborne Technologies Console

Tailored Solutions for Your Mission

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Operators of Special Missions Aircraft

Supporting Special Missions in 12 Countries

Viking Twin Otter British Antarctic SurveyBritish Antarctic Survey relies on Twin Otters to fulfill their mission. With around 1300 hours of flying time to support fifteen field projects in the Antarctic each season, the Twin Otter’s reliable, dependable and high-performance track record gets them where they need to go. 

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Global Aerospace Logistics

Global Aerospace Logistics is a provider of world class specialized aerospace services such as logistics and material planning in support of government and private customers in the Middle East region, and has established strategic business and technology partnerships to develop a major aviation maintenance facility in the UAE.

Vietnam Navy

Vietnam Navy Twin Otter Series 400The Vietnam Navy Series 400 Twin Otters are equipped for amphibious operations and configured with convertible interiors covering VIP, commuter, and utility layouts, with three of the six designated “Guardian 400” maritime patrol variants. Ideally suited for the Navy’s operations, the Twin Otter is used for transport, resupply, maritime surveillance and search and rescue throughout Vietnamese coastal regions. Also included in the specifications are sensor package options, air conditioning, galley and lavatory installations.


British Antarctic Survey

Twin Otter British Antarctic Survey

As one of the world’s leading environmental research centers, BAS is responsible for the United Kingdom’s national scientific activities in the Antarctic and surrounding regions. Taking on surveys, observations and research that can’t be done by anyone else in the UK, BAS is focused on the conservation of the Antarctic environment.

Swiss TOPO

Swisstopo aerial photograph from a Twin Otter

The Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) provides flight service plans and coordinates all flying requirements for Federal agencies as well as for public and private sector organizations in collaboration with the Swiss Air Force. Aerial photography is carried out to update the topographic landscape model (TLM), National Maps, the Swiss Orthophoto Mosiac (SWISSIMAGE), and contracts from the Federal Administration.

Kenn Borek

In 1970, as the Arctic was being explored and developed, Kenn Borek started his airline, Kenn Borek Air Ltd. (KBAL). Now KBAL, a Calgary-based airline, has one of the largest Twin Otter fleets in the world and provides a comprehensive service with our turbo prop fleet. They are best known for remote polar services utilizing ski equipped Twin Otters, and also provide a wide range of additional services including medevac, survey, paradrop, and float operations.

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