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Two King Air 350ERs enter service with Leonardo’s ATOS system

17th February 2020 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The ATOS mission system from Leonardo is installed on two Textron-built King Air 350ER maritime patrol aircraft that have entered into service with an undisclosed African navy.

The Italian company acted as the prime contractor for the customer’s surveillance capability, and it also supplied Seaspray E-scan surveillance radars for the aircraft.

The King Air 350ERs will be used for SAR, littoral security and maritime border patrols.

The aircraft were procured and integrated by Leonardo in accordance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certifications.  Leonardo is also offering its integration services to mid-life upgrades on existing aircraft, all of which will use its ATOS mission system.

ATOS is in use on more than 10 aircraft types, including the ATR 42(72) MP, DA-62 MSA, Dash-8, Beechcraft KA350, Casa CN-235 and the Bell 421 helicopter.

Customers from the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East have expressed their interest in the system, according to Leonardo’s 17 February statement. 

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