Pakistan Navy has received the first ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the German-based contractor Rheinland Air Service.
“The first ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft has been delivered to the Pakistan Navy after completing intensive ground and flight tests. This delivery represents a major milestone for Rheinland Air Service as prime contractor and Aerodata as the key project partner,” Aerodata revealed in a press statement.
The Rheinland Air Service signed the contract with the Pakistan Navy in 2015 to convert two ATR-72 aircraft already owned by the Pakistan Navy into Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Rheinland Air Service as the prime contractor performs the overall project management, acquisition of key components, all physical aircraft modification work and pilot training.
Meanwhile, Aeordata was involved in the delivery of its mission management system AeroMission, all system integration activities, engineering tasks to convert the ATR-72 from the transport into a maritime patrol configuration, delivery of parts for the aircraft modification as well as customer training and support.
The work on the project started in January 2016 after the government export approvals.