Italy has received first two of four ATR 72-600s configured for maritime patrol and search & rescue operations.
The P-72As will replace the current fleet of Breguet Atlantics.
Italian aerospace company, Leonardo has performed modification work to transform the airliners into maritime patrol assets at its facility in Turin.
The P-72As that Italy received share a number of features with the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the ATR 72 which Leonardo developed for Turkey.
However, the ASW systems have been replaced with a comprehensive suite of C4I equipment, and Leonardo’s ATOS mission system. It also gains a self-protection suite derived from that fitted to the company’s C-27J medium transport.
The remaining two P-72As will be delivered during 2017.