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.
* 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