The ATR 72MP is a multirole Maritime Patrol and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft with very affordable costs, developed and built by Leonardo’s Aircraft Division from the platform of the modern ATR 72-600 regional turboprop.
The Italian Air Force is the launch customer, with four aircraft. The primary ATR 72MP duties are: maritime patrol for surface vessel search and identification; Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) patrol; command and control, ELectronic INTelligence (ELINT), Search And Rescue (SAR), prevention of piracy, smuggling, drug trafficking and illegal immigration. It can also carry personnel and paratroops.
The mission system is based on four state-of-the-art operator stations, using the latest upgrade of the proven Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) mission system of Leonardo’s Airborne & Space Systems Division. A complete C4I systems suite is available: multi-datalink fully integrating Link 16, Link 11, Satcom Ku/Ka, VORTEX, VMF and Radar Classifier, in addition to ESM ELINT (Electronic Support Measures – ELectronic INTelligence) capabilities.
The ATOS mission system is fully integrated with a militarised ATR-600 Glass Cockpit, (including TACAN, two SAASM VI INS/GPS and one IFF TX) and a radio management system so that 4 V/UHF and 2 HF Radios can be controlled by the mission system operators and also from the cockpit. The system integrates three main sensors, the Star Safire HD electro-optical turret; the Leonardo’s Airborne & Space Systems Division Seaspray 7300E electronically-scanned array search radar and the self-protection suite based on the Elettronica ELT800V2 ESM, providing the ATOS mission system with the capability to fully manage the tactical scenario with Radio Frequency tracks and enabling ELINT mission tasks.
The Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS) suite, derived from the one that equips the C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter, includes chaff & flare dispensers, missile and laser warning systems and a new RWR/ESM with ELINT and geo-localisation capabilities. The suite is integrated by a new DASS Management Computer and operated from the cockpit via a dedicated display unit and control panel.
The configuration also includes an Automatic Identification System (AIS) able to locate and identify vessels equipped with AIS transponder, and a Direction Finder for Search And Rescue (DF-SAR) to locate the direction of radio emitters during SAR and Combat SAR missions.
The ATR 72MP system fully meets the most stringent requirements for hardware and software security.