SHAH ALAM: The Joneses, IAI MPA for Asia-Pacific customer. Shephard Media is reporting that the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) has secured a contract to supply an unnamed Asia-Pacific with an MPA like its very own ELI-3360 MPA. The story says:
IAI has secured a production contract from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific customer for a long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
Despite being unable to share key details of the deal on account of customer sensitivities, Avishai Izhakan, deputy GM of the Airborne Systems & Radars division in IAI subsidiary Elta, did confirm that deliveries of the aircraft in question are still to take place.
‘We are in the middle of a programme, specifically covering a long-range maritime patrol aircraft that is optimised for maritime surveillance; naturally, I cannot disclose the name of the customer,’ he explained.
More on the ELI-3360 MPA from IAI own website:
ELI-3360 is an all-weather, multi-mission, long-range Maritime Patrol Aircraft fusing ELTA’s operationally-proven sensors and mission systems with high-performance business jet platforms such as Bombardier Global 6500 and CL650. These aircraft offer quick deployment, low operating costs, smooth ride performance, and long-range and endurance.
ELI-3360 delivers outstanding operational performance with a high-performance mission suite. The mission suite, with its advanced sensors, provides maritime arena situational awareness, battle management, and fire control. The processed information is disseminated over network-centric communications to onboard operators and C2 centers
The press release from IAI in 2015 gives us more information on the MPA:
The system incorporates the advanced ELTA ELM-2022 Maritime Patrol Radar, an electro-optical sensor, the ELL-8385 ESM/ELINT system, and a comprehensive communications suite comprising radios, broadband SATCOM and data-links as well as advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) and self-protection Suite.
The integrated multi-mission Command & Control Suite includes multi-purpose operator workstations and a weapon and stores management system which controls the under-wing weapons that may include torpedoes and anti-ship missiles for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW) as well as dispensable Search & Rescue )SAR( stores.
As Singapore already operates four IAI Gulftream G550 CAEW, one may surmised that the contract for the ELI-3360 MPA is likely meant for RSAF (as usual I stand to be corrected). The service currently operates five Fokker F50 MPA with another four for utility use. Recently the Defence Ministry announced that a next generation maritime patrol aircraft would be part of the Singapore Armed Forces inventory in 2040. It is likely we will know more about the customer for the IAI MPA soon or the next change.
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