SPOTLIGHT ON NIGERIAN SPECIAL MISSION AIRCRAFT: THE ALENIA ATR 42-500 MPA SURVEYOR

Operated by the Nigerian Air Force, the ATR 42 Surveyor MP is Alenia Aermacchi’s response to evolving maritime surveillance needs. The ATR 42 Surveyor builds on more than 10 million hours of in-service experience to provide high reliability, very low operational and maintenance costs and the capability to operate in tough environments,including unprepared strips, short and narrow fields, and extreme weather conditions.

The ATR 42 MP is fitted with the latest Advanced Tactical Observation System (ATOS), and an open and modular integrated mission management system,in order to fulfill its primary roles of vessel search, identification and surveillance,maritime and coastal surveillance, search and rescue (SAR), and pollution detection.

Thanks to an extremely flexible and modular design, the aircraft can be quickly and easily reconfigured to fulfill secondary roles such as troop/paratroop transport, medical evacuation,passenger/VIP transport, cargo transport.

Power Plant: PW 127E engines (take-off
power 2,160 shp)

Propellers:568F 6-blade Hamilton

Max. cruise speed:280 KTAS

Patrolling Time:up to 11 hrs.

Ferry range:2,020 Nm (ISA – LRC)

It can load the wide spectrum of equipment required to conduct missions such as radar, FLIR, TV camera,Electronic Support Measures(ESM),Communications and Navigation systems. In addition, bubble panoramic windows have been provided to the Surveyor for optimal visual observation of the environment.

PERFOMANCE

* Maritime surveillance

Patrolling Time – up to 8 hours (mission performed at 200 nm from operating base)

*Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Patrol

Patrolling Time – up to 6 hours (mission performed at 200 nm from operating base)

*Search and Rescue

Search Area up to 104,000 sq. Nautical miles (mission performed at 200 nm from operating base)

*Pollution Detection Detection Area -
up to 285,000 sq. Naut. Miles (mission performed at 200 nm from operating base)

Given their technical specs., these planes
(reportedly acquired at a cost of US$83m) from any point in the eastern Niger Delta will be able to cover Nigeria’s entire joint maritime zones with Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome. The planes can effectively cover a field of view the size of France whilst conducting search-and-resecue operations while it can detect oil slicks
over an area equal in size to Burkina
Faso, Ghana and Ivory Coast put together.

(additional) DATA: aleniana

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6 Responses to SPOTLIGHT ON NIGERIAN SPECIAL MISSION AIRCRAFT: THE ALENIA ATR 42-500 MPA SURVEYOR

  1. originalpato says:

    In addition to this aircraft the Nigerian Air force also needs airborne early warning and control aircrafts

    • peccavi says:

      well we need fighter and fighter bombers for it to control first of all as well as ground based fighter control radar. AEW is great but it needs system to slot into

      • beegeagle says:

        Well, we are there or thereabouts ref fighters. Henry and defence websites since 2010 have been tipping the JF17 Thunder while we already posted a report about the NAF’s hunt for an air superiority fighter here. (See: ARE NIGERIA INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING THESE JETS? and NIGERIAN AIR FORCE IN THE HUNT FOR AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTER JETS)

        In-country, the FY2012 defence budget also provided for the construction of hangars and the installation of ground equipment at MDGR, MNN, MKD and SOK.

        The ZDK-03 is not going to be delivered overnight so they might as well put pen to paper while we are at it.

  2. tim says:

    The jf 17, is a further development of the mig 21 just like the f 7, and have almost the same flight characteristics…… If you think am blabbing, take a look at the pick of the jf 17……. But it has better avionics.

  3. tim says:

    The Pakistani designation “Super-7″, were replaced with “JF-17″…….. So we are buying an upgraded f7 airguard.

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