Brazil᾿s DESAER (Desenvolvimento Aeronáutico) plans to develop a multipurpose military configuration of its forthcoming ATL-100 (Aeronave de Transporte Leve) light transport aircraft for local and foreign customers.
Beginning in 2022, the company plans to develop the military version for roles such as troop transport, logistics, humanitarian aid, search and rescue, maritime patrol, liaison and observation, medical evacuation, border surveillance and security, and special operations, the company told Jane's . The troop transport configuration, for example, is envisioned to lift 19 personnel or twelve fully equipped paratroopers and two controllers.
The company noted that it is finalising self-funded preliminary studies of the civilian version, and is in talks with five companies about potential collaboration with the goal of flight testing the first prototype in 2021.
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6A-65B and GE Aviation's Catalyst turboprop aircraft engines are being considered to power the aircraft. DESAER is also in negotiations with Collins Aerospace and AEL Sistemas over the supply of the aircraft's avionics and communications components.
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