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ATR 72 ASW  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2010
Total Production: 23
Unitary Cost: USD$21 million
Also Known As: ATR 72 MP, ATR 72-600 TMPA, ATR 72-600 TMUA, MELTEM II and P-72A
Origin: France and Italy
Corporations: ATR
Parent System: ATR 42/72
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1985
Total Production: 1,768
Family Members: ATR 42, ATR 42 Surveyor, ATR 42-600, ATR 72, ATR 72-600 and ATR 72-600F
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Description: In the early 1980s Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, a Finmeccanica company, and EADS/Airbus France founded a joint venture company, ATR (Avions de Transport Régional/Regional Transport Airplanes), to compete in the regional market with a new family of twin-turboprop passenger aircraft. The ATR 42 model entered service in 1985 followed by the increased seating capacity ATR 72 in 1989 all together these aircraft cover the range of 40 to 70 seats.

The high-wing ATR 42/72 family of aircraft provides high degree of passenger comfort, operational flexibility, spare parts commonality, and low operating costs while delivering outstanding performance. In 1996, ATR launched the -500 series aircraft which marked the beginning of a new generation ATR 42/72 characterized for savings in terms of training, maintenance operations, spare parts supply and cross crew qualification. In addition, existing ATR 42/72 aircraft can be converted into freighters - ATR 42 F and ATR 72 F - with a cargo door at the front of the aircraft or an optional large cargo door.

As of July 2005, more than 739 ATR 42/72 aircraft have been ordered from 125 operators in 72 countries with around 680 airplanes already delivered. The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 turboprop engine family is the primary motorization for the ATR 42/72 family with the latest variant the PW127 powering the newest ATR 72-500 aircraft. Wide use of composite in latest models has translated into reduced airframe weight and improved overall performance.

The ATR 72 ASW is a derivative of proven ATR 72-500 commercial aircraft integrating the same maritime patrol capabilities of ATR 42 MP in addition to Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) capabilities. The ATR 72 ASW can execute patrols with a mission radius of 600 nautical miles (1,100+ km) for more than 2 hours with a total mission endurance of roughly 9 hours. With a 200 nautical miles (360+ km) mission radius the airplane can remain on station for 7 hours.

A rotary sonobuoys launcher and a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) system for detecting diving submarines; chaff and flare for passive defense; two depth charges , A244S (4) or MU90 (2) torpedoes and torpedo launch mechanism to engage hostile submarines; and two AM39 Exocet anti-ship missiles to engage surface ships is the equipment loaded onboard the ATR 72 ASW including the equipment provided to the ATR 42 MP. Optionally, it can be outfitted with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

In July 2005, Turkey signed an agreement with Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, for ten ATR 72 ASW airplanes valued at $219 million. Deliveries were slated to commence in 2010. In January 2009, Italy ordered four ATR 72 MP maritime patrol aircraft with deliveries to the Italian Air Force beginning in 2012.

ATR 72 ASW Specifications

Number of Engines: 2
Height: 7.60 meter (24.9 foot)
Length: 27.2 meter (89 foot)
Wingspan: 27.1 meter (89 foot)
Ceiling: 3,050 meter (10,007 foot)
Max Range: 2,200 kilometer (1,188 nautical mile)
Min Range: 575 kilometer (357 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 5,500 shp (4,103 kW)
Cruise Speed: 142 mps (511 kph)
Flight Endurance: 9 hour (0.38 day)
Empty Weight: 12,950 kilogram (28,549 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 22,500 kilogram (49,603 pound)
Payload: 7,350 kilogram (16,204 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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ATR 72 ASW News

There are 11 news between
21 Jul 2005 and 13 Jul 2018
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Friday, July 13, 2018Leonardo Launches Spider Communications Intelligence System
Italian Customs Police Orders an Additional ATR 72MP Aircraft
Tuesday, December 13, 2016Italian Air Force Takes Delivery of First Two P-72A Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Thursday, July 17, 2014Raytheon to Provide Torpedo Integration on Alenia Aermacchi ATR 72 ASW for Turkish Navy
Monday, April 28, 2014Turkish Navy Takes Delivery of the Final MELTEM II Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Wednesday, July 24, 2013First ATR 72-600 TMUA Delivered to Turkish Navy
Monday, January 28, 2013Thales Delivers First Maritime Surveillance Aircraft to Turkey
Wednesday, July 18, 2012Turkish Coast Guard Takes Delivery of Four CN-235 Meltem II Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Wednesday, January 7, 2009Italian Air Force Orders Four ATR 72 MP Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Thursday, July 5, 2007Turkey Conducts First Flight of Meltem II Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

ATR 72-500 ASW (10), ATR 72-600 TMUA (2) and ATR 72-600 TMPA (6)

Grand Total 232
Defensive Weapons
Mark 46x2
Mark 54x2
MU90 Impactx2
Offensive Weapons
AM39 Exocetx2
Propulsion Systems
Sensor Systems
SeaSpray 7300Ex1
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