WITH THE intention of replacing their Cessna O-2A, that are being retired from service, the Chilean Navy is analyzing the purchase of a batch of up to eight Indra P2006T MRI small maritime patrol planes on coastal patrol and SAR duties. The Cessnas were extensively used to patrol the coasts for the past twenty years but they are no longer suited for that kind of mission. The intention is to have a new plane to supplement the force of P-3 Orions and C-295MP already in service and which could also be used to replace the old Embraer EMB-111 Bandeirulhas.
The P2006T MRI is equipped with a Selex Galileo Seaspray 5000E scanned array radar and other systems to operate at night and during all weather missions. The plane sends the information obtained by the sensors real time to a ground base, where it’s analyzed, making it possible to fly with only a pilot and a co-pilot. Santiago Rivas