Naval Air: April 19, 2001


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is negotiating with the Italian company Alenia to buy four ATR-72 anti-submarine (ASW) aircraft. This would mean mounting the sensors and other equipment from an ATR-42 Surveyor maritime patrol aircraft on the ATR-72 airframe. Weapons will include AM39 Exocet missiles, Mu90 lightweight torpedoes, depth charges, and a pod-mounted machinegun. The aircraft will carry a Raytheon synthetic aperture radar able to track a ship from 122 nautical miles while operating at 10,000 feet. There will be a rotary sonobouy launcher, magnetic anomaly detector, and a self-protection system (chaff, flares, jammers). The UAE will need two (and possibly four) of the aircraft, while India and Italy are also interested. The new design will be approved for operations 36 months after receiving a big enough order to start production.Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Naval Air: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close