First int'l appearance for Italian Air Force's ATR 72MP at Lima 2017

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN

LANGKAWI: The Italian Air Force ATR 72MP has flown out of its country for its first mission abroad – to attend the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2017).


The ATR 72MP, developed by Leonardo, using the ATR 72-600 turboprop as a base, can perform roles including maritime patrol; search and identification of surface vessels; command, control and communication; ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance); and search and rescue missions.


It is also can be used for prevention of narcotics trafficking, piracy, smuggling, territorial water security and monitoring, and intervention in the event of environmental catastrophes.


Leonardo believes significant export opportunities for the aircraft in Malaysia due to its low cost of operation, ease of maintenance and exceptional versatility in a number of maritime roles.


“The ATR 72MP is equipped with Leonardo’s ATOS mission system, which uses advanced data fusion techniques to present a single tactical picture to the operator that integrates information from the aircraft’s on-board sensors.


“One key sensor on the ATR 72MP is Leonardo’s Seaspray Active Electronically Scanned Array surveillance radar, which provide a powerful surveillance capability with a range if modes,” Leonardo said in a statement.


The aircraft, which can fly missions lasting for 19 hours also uses the latest communication systems, which are able to transmit or receive information in real time to and from the command and control centres either on the ground, in the air or at the sea to ensure coordinated and effective operations.


It is also equipped with a self-protection system which is fully integrated with the ATR 72MP’s mission system and avionics.


During Lima 2017, the patrol aircraft and its crew will be available to delegations and guests for hosted briefings and visits.