Newly-delivered King Air 350ER aircraft equipped with Leonardo’s ATOS mission system have started maritime patrol missions with an undisclosed African Navy.
The Italian company said the Beechcraft maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) were integrated with the ATOS mission system and a full complement of sensors including its Seaspray E-scan surveillance radar.
The suite of surveillance sensors on-board the two King Air 350ER Maritime Patrol Aircraft includes the E-scan ‘Seaspray’ maritime radar, which comes with a range of modes including a patented small-target-detection function. An identification friend or foe (IFF) transponder and interrogator, Link 11 datalink and third-party electro-optical turret were also integrated.
The company says that the ATOS is already in operation on-board more than 10 different aircraft types, with more than 60 systems installed on platforms including the ATR 42(72) MP, DA-62 MSA, Dash-8, Beechcraft KA350, Casa CN235, Piaggio Aero P166, A 109, AW139, AW169, Bell 412 and AS300B3 helicopters.