Thales Delivers Four Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Turkey
Thales has completed delivery of initial standard maritime patrol¬† aircraft under the Meltem II programme for Turkey, with four aircraft¬† entering service between February and June 2012.
Pierre Eric Pommellet, Executive Chairman of Thales Syst√®mes A√©roport√©s,¬† officially handed over the aircraft during a ceremony at the Tusas Aerospace¬† Industry (TAI) facility in Ankara attended by representatives of the Turkish¬† Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), the Turkish Naval Command, the¬† Turkish Coast Guard Command, the local contractors involved in the programme ‚Äď TAI, Aselsan, Havelsan and Milsoft ‚Äď the French defence procurement agency (DGA)¬† and the French embassy in Ankara.
Thales is prime contractor for the Meltem II programme, which calls for¬† delivery of six maritime patrol aircraft for the Turkish Navy¬† and three maritime surveillance¬† aircraft for the Turkish Coast Guard. The aircraft are based on modified¬† CASA CN-235 platforms. The programme also includes the provision of 10¬† additional maritime patrol systems for integration on ATR 72 aircraft in service¬† with the Turkish Navy. Seven of these have already been delivered to the SSM.¬† The 19 mission systems are based on Thales‚Äôs AMASCOS solution (Airborne MAritime¬† Situation & Control System).
The four initial standard aircraft underwent significant modifications to¬† accommodate the mission system and have completed airworthiness qualification by¬† the DGA in France. Turkish Navy pilots and aircrews have been trained with the¬† new aircraft and mission systems and performed a series of test flights covering¬† a range of operational mission profiles: surveillance, search and rescue, target¬† designation, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine¬† warfare. On the basis of these test flights, the aircraft have been accepted¬† into operational service.
The initial standard aircraft provide the Turkish Navy with an operational¬† maritime patrol capability.
Mr Yakup TAŇěDELEN, Department Head in SSM, said: ‚Äúthis delivery marks a true¬† milestone in the development of our maritime patrol capability. The Turkish Navy¬† can now rely on Thales state-of-the art solution to conduct their mission.‚ÄĚ
Pierre Eric Pommellet emphasised: ‚Äúthe climate of confidence and dedication¬† which drove Thales and its partners during the last couple of years and which¬† made possible the delivery of a solution tailored to the operational need of our¬† customer.‚ÄĚ Pommellet added ‚ÄúThales is now looking forward to delivering the next¬† systems to the Navy and to the Coast Guard.‚ÄĚ
This success marks a major milestone in the Meltem II programme and is a¬† further endorsement of the high level of maturity of the AMASCOS solution. It¬† consolidates Thales‚Äôs market leadership in maritime patrol systems and its¬† positioning as a world-class systems supplier and integrator offering a wide¬† range of mission systems to meet the specific requirements of forces around the¬† world.
Designed around a latest-generation integrated tactical command system, the¬† AMASCOS solution ties together multiple sensors ‚Äď radar, FLIR, ESM, acoustic¬† system, AIS, MAD, SLAR radar, IR/UV scanner ‚Äď to detect, identify and track¬† threats, maintain real-time tactical situation awareness, manage NATO and¬† national tactical datalinks and deploy onboard weapon systems.
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