Effective and affordable force multiplier.

Multirole maritime patrol aircraft

The ATR 72MP combines the reliability, maintainability, low life-cycle costs and high crew comfort levels of the commercial ATR 72-600 regional aircraft with a state-of-the-art mission system, advanced sensors and a complete communication suite, to create an effective and affordable force multiplier, with excellent Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities, whilst retaining ample growth capability.

Missions & features

Main roles

The basic mission portfolio of the ATR 72MP includes all military maritime surveillance tasks; monitoring of sea lanes; fisheries protection; prevention/contrast of activities such as piracy, smuggling, drugs trafficking and illegal immigration; Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) patrol; Search And Rescue (SAR). The aircraft can also act as a flying command post and can double as a capable personnel transport asset in case of emergency.


Core of the mission suite, the Leonardo’s Airborne & Space Systems Division ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) mission system manages the aircraft’s wide array of sensors, combines the information gathered in an overall tactical situation (data fusion), providing excellent situational awareness to the mission system operators (up to 4 state-of-the-art stations available).

Main sensors

The baseline configuration comprises: the advanced, long range, Leonardo’s Airborne & Space Systems Division Seaspray 7300E electronically-scanned array search radar; the FLIR Systems Star Safire 380 HD electro-optical turret; an Automatic Identification System (AIS) to locate and identify vessels equipped with AIS transponder; an Airborne Search And Rescue System Direction Finder (ASARS DF).

Avionic & communication suites

The ATR 72MP avionic suite adds an IFF Transponder, two INS/GPS systems, a TACtical Air Navigation (TACAN) system and a cockpit tactical display providing the pilots with mission system data, to the state-of-the-art ATR 72-600 glass cockpit. The communication suite includes different V/UHF and HF radios, a wide band SATCOM system and line-of-sight data links to allow easy mission data exchange.


By adding optional subsystems and equipment like the Elettronica ELT800V2 ESM (Electronic Support Measures)/ELINT (ELectronic INTelligence), the ATR 72MP can also become an effective (ELINT) platform. A complete Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS), able to protect the aircraft from radar, IR and laser-guided threats, is available as an option to allow aircraft operations also in potentially hostile areas.


Thanks to the platform growth capabilities and the mission system modular design, the ATR 72MP can also evolve into an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) asset, by installing a dedicated sensors/subsystems package including: sonobuoy storage and launch system, acoustic subsystem, Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD), store management system and two fuselage pylons to carry and release up to two lightweight torpedoes.

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