Antonov AN-148-300MP / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
On the basis of the AN-148-300 long range aircraft, ANTONOV is developing an advanced AN-148 300MP, which is intended for maritime patrol and resistance to trespassers, electromagnetic radiation and communication facilities intelligence, pollution response role, SAR missions. To perform these tasks, the AN-148-300MP is fitted with special equipment, providing radar and optoelectronic search of targets on water, as well as blisters on each side of the fuselage for visual search of targets.
The aircraft can be armed with guided and unguided weapons including gun container, guided air to ship missiles and blocks of unguided missiles. While on SAR missions, it can paradrop and airdrop special recovery aids in the disaster zone from pylons under the wing and through the rear side door of the cargo cabin. To monitor pollution zones, the AN 148 300MP is equipped with SLAR, MWR, IR/UV, LFS.
Owing to its spacious fuselage, in case of necessity, the aircraft can be used for transportation of personnel and cargoes. Maximum flight duration of the AN 148 300MP is 10 hours, maximum cruising speed is 850 km/h. In contrast to other existing patrol aircraft, it can be operated at poorly equipped airfields including unpaved ones. Besides, it can work within a wide range of climate conditions from the cold of the Arctic to the heat of the tropics.
ANTONOV intended to present the AN-148-300MP to the tender announced by MoD of India to purchase medium hail maritime patrol aircraft, multipurpose marine airplanes, survey and target towing aircraft.
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