The Pakistan Navy has received its first converted ATR-72 maritime patrol aircraft, Aerodata – a company involved in the process – announced earlier this month.
According to the company, the aircraft was delivered in the second quarter of 2018 after intensive ground and flight tests.
The aircraft are being converted by Rheinland Air Service (RAS) under a contract from 2015. Aerodata as the key project partner.
As the prime contractor, RAS performs the overall project management, acquisition of key components, all physical aircraft modification work and pilot training. Aeordata’s scope of work includes the delivery of its mission management system AeroMission, all system integration activities, engineering tasks to convert the ATR-72 from the transport into a maritime patrol configuration, delivery of parts for the aircraft modification as well as training and support.
Work on the project started in January 2016, Aerodata noted.