The Argentine aircraft factory Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) is to upgrade two Fokker 50 maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) of the Peruvian Navy, a company representative told Jane’s on 3 July.
The aircraft are to receive structural modifications to enable them to be used as signal intelligence (SIGINT) platforms, engineer Eduardo Ruiz said. The SIGINT equipment itself will be provided by Israel’s Elta.
Work on the aircraft (serialled AE-567 and AE-568) should begin in August, and is being conducted as part of Peru’s Programa de Equipamiento para la creación del Servicio de Vigilancia y Electrónica en el Distrito de Capitanía 3 del Dominio Marítimo Nacional (Equipment Programme for the creation of the Vigilance and Electronics Service in the Capitancy District 3 of the National Maritime Domain).
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