Subscribe Free
in Defence

Thales delivers first maritime surveillance aircraft to Turkey

Posted 29 January 2013 · Add Comment

Thales has achieved delivery of the first of three maritime surveillance aircraft under the Meltem II programme for Turkey.



Above: Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) production facilities in Ankara.

This aircraft will be operated by the Turkish Coast Guard from Izmir Air Base. Pierre Eric Pommellet, Senior Vice-President of Thales Group, officially handed over the aircraft at a ceremony held at the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) facility in Ankara.

The official hand-over was presided by Turkish Minister of Interior, Mr Idris Naim Sahin, who thanked all contributors to the programme and its main contractor Thales for “delivering a state-of-the-art aircraft which will enable the Turkish Coast Guards to perform their surveillance duty up to 120 miles from the coast”.

The ceremony was also attended by the Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM), the Turkish Coast Guards Chief Admiral, and the Turkish Coast Guard Izmir Air-base Commander. The French Ambassador to Turkey also attended the ceremony with a representative of the French defence procurement agency (DGA), as well as the General Managers of TAI, Havelsan, Aselsan and Milsoft, the Turkish companies involved in the programme.

This marks the delivery of the first maritime surveillance aircraft equipped with the Thales AMASCOS mission system, which will provide the Turkish Coast Guards with an enhanced capability to better monitor the Turkish Exclusive Economic Zone and Territorial Waters.

This maritime surveillance aircraft is designed to perform a broad spectrum of missions including:

  • Surface Surveillance and Naval control, anti-drug and other types of smuggling operations, the prevention of illegal immigration and illicit fishing
  • Maritime pollution surveillance, with the provision of enhanced evidence collection capabilities, essential to this kind of operation
  • Search and rescue operations.

Thales is the prime contractor for the Meltem II programme, which calls for the delivery of six maritime patrol aircraft for the Turkish Navy and three maritime surveillance aircraft for the Turkish Coast Guard, all based on modified CASA CN-235 platforms. The programme also includes the provision of additional maritime patrol systems to the Turkish Navy, to be integrated on ATR 72 aircraft. All mission systems are based on Thales's AMASCOS solution (Airborne Maritime Situation & Control System).

This success marks a new major milestone in the Meltem II programme, and follows the delivery of four maritime patrol aircraft (initial standard) to the Turkish Navy during the first semester of 2012. This is further testament to the maturity of the AMASCOS solution and further consolidates Thales's market leadership in maritime surveillance and patrol systems.
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Saudi Arabia designates Abha major southern gateway

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) of Saudi Arabia has announced the city of Abha will become the kingdom's southern gateway hub with local budget carrier Flynas its designated carrier, reports ch-aviation.

Emirates enhances its service to Dakar

Emirates has announced that its service between Dubai and Dakar, currently operated by an Airbus A340-300, will be replaced with a Boeing 777-300ER from September 2, 2016.

Etihad Airways hosts charity Iftar

Etihad Airways has hosted a charity Iftar for 5,000 labourers at the Workers Village in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.

Boeing to provide Airport and Airspace Modeling services to Assist Turkish Authorities

Boeing has announced a new Technical Assistance Agreement with iGA Havalimani Isletmesi A.S. (IGA), the developer and operator of Istanbul New Airport.

Said Darwazeh elected RJ chairman of the board of directors

Royal Jordanian's board of directors elected Said Darwazeh chairman of the board of directors during the board's meeting held on June 21, 2016.

Emirates to add A380 to non-stop Dubai-Auckland route

Emirates is to operate its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380 aircraft, less than a year after operating the flights with a Boeing 777-200LR.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
World_Space_Congress_BT21JN23N16_Arabian_AerospaceAviation Africa 2017 BT 23F17Global Aerospace Summit 2016 show report BT16Istanbul Airshow BT 2016