Leonardo to supply one ATR 72MP with logistics support & training services
Leonardo signed a contract to supply one ATR 72MP aircraft to the Italian Customs Police and provide associated logistics support and training services. The contract, valued at about €44 million, was awarded following a European tender and includes options that would bring the total value up to €250 million.
The first delivery will take place in 2019. “We are proud that the Italian Customs Police, which already operates our aircraft and helicopters, continues to place their trust in our capabilities,” Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo’s CEO, said. “The ATR 72MP, based on the modern ATR 72-600 regional turboprop aircraft, is a tangible example of Leonardo’s leadership position in both platforms and their systems. This is an aircraft that can carry out numerous roles including maritime patrol, searching for and identifying surface vessels, search & rescue (SAR) missions, the prevention of narcotic trafficking, piracy and smuggling, territorial water security and the monitoring-of and intervention-in ecological disasters. It comes equipped with our latest-generation communications and data sharing systems, meaning the aircraft can transmit and receive realtime information to and from ground-based command and control centres and airborne/maritime platforms, improving coordination and maximising operational effectiveness.”
The ATR 72MP will be part of the Italian Customs Police’s range of airborne and naval capabilities, which can be called on to respond to the wide range of missions carried out by the organisation. Because of its airborne capabilities, the Customs Police is the only law enforcement agency in Italy able to provide full surveillance coverage along the entirety of the country’s coastal border and in international waters. The Italian Customs Police already operates four ATR 42MP aircraftEquipment on-board the ATR 72MP for the first time will support the Italian Customs Police in carrying out specific surveillance activities that come under their responsibility. The ATR 72MP will perform maritime patrol and search using on-board sensors to detect and identify sensitive targets, maintaining a position of low observability when necessary, monitoring target’s behaviour, recording proof for prosecutions and directing naval and land-based assets.