Effective and affordable force multiplier.

Multirole maritime patrol aircraft

The ATR 72MP combines the reliability, maintainability, low life-cycle cost and high crew comfort levels of the commercial ATR 72-600 regional aircraft with a state-of-the-art mission system, fully integrated 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.

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Missions & features

Main roles

The basic mission portfolio of the ATR 72MP includes all military maritime surveillance tasks; monitoring of sea lanes; protection of fisheries; prevention/intervention against  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. Moreover, the aircraft is also an effective anti-submarine warfare (ASW) asset with the capability to also perform anti-surface operations.


Core of the mission suite, Leonardo’s Electronics Division ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) mission system manages the aircraft’s wide array of sensors, combining 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: an advanced, long range, multimode surveillance radar Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) such as state-of-the-art types from Leonardo’s Electronics Division; an electro-optical turret, equipped with visible and infra-red imaging cameras; 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 data links to allow for 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 also available to allow for operations in potentially hostile areas.


Thanks to the platform growth capabilities and the mission system modular design, the ATR 72MP can also transform into an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface unit Warfare (ASuW) 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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