Atlantique ATL3 maritime patrol aircraft, successor to the Atlantique ATL1
and ATL2, incorporates an enhanced weapon system with a maximum 9,000kg
payload, new technology engines, glass cockpit and sophisticated avionics
and sensors. The ATL1, selected as the NATO Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft,
entered service in 1966 and remains in service with the German, Italian
and Pakistani navies. The Atlantique ATL2 has been in service with the French
Navy since 1989.
The ATL3 airframe will be produced by the Societé Européenne de Construction de l'Avion Breguet Atlantique (SECBAT) consortium, consisting of Dassault Aviation of France, Alenia of Italy, SABCA-SONACA of Belgium and EADS (European Aeronautics Defence and Space) company, formed by DaimlerChrysler Aerospace of Germany, Aerospatiale Matra of France and CASA of Spain.
The primary mission of the Atlantique is anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, but secondary roles include search and rescue, mine laying and detection and long-range maritime surveillance.
aircraft is equipped with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor installed
in a spherical turret under the nose. The FLIR carries out search, detection,
identification and tracking of targets and has a detection range of up
to 100 miles. Two camera systems provide vertical and oblique photography.
A Sextant Avionique magnetic anomaly detector (MAD), for the detection
and location of submarines, is installed in the lengthened tail section
of the fuselage.
VERSION 3 SPECIFICATIONS
Length including fuel probe 31.7 m
Height 11.3 m
Wing area 120 square m
Equipped empty weight 25,300 kg
Maximum take-off weight 46,200 kg
Basic mission take-off weight 44,200 kg
Maximum zero fuel weight 32,500 kg
fuel load 18,500 kg
Maximum endurance 18 hours
Economical patrol speed 170 kt
Transit speed 310 kt
Maximum speed at sea level 350 kt
Flight ceiling 30,000 ft
Transport capability 25 people
Armament, maximum internal payload 5,500 kg
Armament, maximum external payload 3,500 kg
Some pictures taken at Ghedi AB (italy) during an airshow in 2001
The version 2 was specifically designed for Antisom Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), and was derived from Atlantique version 1. This variant of the Atlantique family, was designed for export, specially in Europe, to replace naval patrol aircrafts. It features advanced sensors (radar, ESM, acoustics, FLIR and IFF, supported by redundant computing systems. A total of 28 ATL 2 was ordered and put in service by the French Navy.
|Version 2 Specifications:
Wing span: 37.42 m
Length : 33.63 m
Engines : 2 turborprops Rolls-Royce Tyne RTy.20 Mk 21 (6220 CV)
Weapons payload: 3500 kg
Take off weight: 46500 kg
Max Speed: 675 km/h
Ceiling: 11000 m
Range : 9080 km ( 5hs patrol mision on a range of 1850 km)