The Pakistan Navy (PN) received the first of two ATR-72 twin-engine turboprops converted into maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) in the second quarter of 2018, Aerodata, a company involved in the process, announced in a 2 July statement.
The delivery “represents a major milestone for Rheinland Air Service as prime contractor and Aerodata as the key project partner”, said the Germany-based company without revealing the expected delivery date for the second platform.
Rheinland Air Service had signed a contract in 2015 to convert two ATR-72 aircraft already owned by the Pakistan Navy into MPAs. The company performed the overall project management, acquisition of key components, all physical aircraft modification work, and pilot training, according to the statement.
Aerodata’s scope of work included the delivery of its AeroMission mission management system, all system integration activities, engineering tasks to convert the ATR-72 from the transport into a maritime patrol configuration, delivery of parts for the aircraft modification, as well as customer training and support.
Work on the project commenced in January 2016 after export approvals were received from the German government.
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