ATR MP tested as paratrooper drop platform
Leonardo has conducted testing of the suitability of its ATR MP maritime patrol aircraft to be used for paratrooper jump missions using a door installed at the rear of the cabin.
Carried out at the end of July, testing included launching paratroopers and dummies, plus demonstrating recovery procedures during an emergency.
The ATR MP can be quickly reconfigured to carry out different missions, while keeping the operating costs low and reliability high, according to Leonardo, adding that this is due to it deriving from the civil ATR 42/72-600 turboprop.
The heart of the mission suite is Leonardo's Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance system that manages the sensors onboard, combining the information gathered and presenting a data fusion picture to provide situational awareness to the operators.
The aircraft has an endurance of up to 10h, and can be equipped with a self-protection system.
The ATR MP is operated in various configurations by users including the Guardia di Finanza, Italian coast guard and Italian air force, as well as a number of export customers.
Mission sets include maritime patrol, search and identification of surface ships, search and rescue, monitoring and intervention of ecological disasters and the protection of territorial waters, plus the prevention of drug trafficking, piracy and smuggling.
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