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Portugal joins Brazilian ATL-100 aircraft project

The Brazilian firm Desenvolvimento Aeronáutico (DESAER) is teaming up with the Portuguese centre of engineering and product development (CEiiA) to proceed with the development of the ATL-100 lightweight twin-turboprop multirole aircraft.

A computer-generated impression of the ATL-100 light transport aircraft.

A computer-generated impression of the ATL-100 light transport aircraft.

The venture agreement, revealed in mid-May, will enable DESAER and CEiiA to jointly develop, manufacture, and market the ATL-100.

The CEiiA designs, develops, and operates products in the automotive, urban mobility, aeronautics, maritime, and space domains. CEiiA has participated in a series of aircraft developments, including the Embraer KC-390 Millennium airlifter and AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter, and has developed the UAS30 fixed-wing multimission unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) together with the Portuguese Air Force. CEiiA is also on contract by the European Maritime Surveillance Agency (EMSA) to monitor the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Iceland with the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude long-endurance UAV.

The ATL-100 will be available in civil and military variants. The military version will perform roles such as troop transport, logistics support, search and rescue, paratrooper airdropping maritime patrol, liaison, border surveillance, medical evacuation, and special operations.

The ATL-100 offers 7,500 kg maximum take-off weight, 380 km/h cruising speed, 16 m length, 6 m height, 20 m wingspan, 2,500 kg maximum payload, 430 km/h cruising speed, 1,500 m maximum range, and a 25,000 ft maximum operating altitude.

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