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Piaggio MPA (Multirole Patrol Aircraft)

Italy (2020)
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The Piaggio MPA is an in-development multi-mission platform designed around enhanced over-water performance.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Piaggio MPA (Multirole Patrol Aircraft) Multi-Mission Maritime Patrol Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Piaggio Aerospace of Italy is offering its P.180 "Avanti" twin-turboprop executive aircraft for the maritime patrol role through its Avanti MPA ("Multirole Patrol Aircraft") product. The aircraft is designed for special mission applications related primarily to maritime scouting and reconnaissance while retaining and overland and coastline patrol capabilities as well - allowing it to undertake missions related to Tactical Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR), ELectronic INTelligence (ELINT), COMmunications INTelligence (COMINT) and general ground surveillance.

The MPA is based on the framework established with the Piaggio P.180 "Avanti II" series aircraft.

In the MPA, the overall structure has received attention: there is general streamlining of the fuselage as well as increased spans to the various horizontal surfaces to produce better control and lifting properties resulting in an aircraft with a higher payload capacity. The three lifting surfaces common to the P.180 line are all there - canards are featured ahead of the cockpit section, the slim, straight wing mainplanes are seated low and under the fuselage, and the horizontal tailplanes are installed high atop the single vertical tail fin. This triple-plane (Three Lifting Surfaces Configuration = 3LSC) arrangement benefits low-altitude flying as well as fuel efficiency. The Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) engines are fitted in a "pusher" configuration, each nacelle found at each wing mainplane and extending from ahead of the leading edges to well past the trailing edges, and are used to drive newly-designed scimitar-style propeller units. A tricycle undercarriage, also of all-new design specifically for the MPA, is used for ground-running.

Internally, the aircraft carries a full search radar suite and electro-optical and InfraRed (IR) sensors. The fuselage features a ventral blister pack housing specialized mission equipment. The crew of two are seated side-by-side in the cockpit just aft of the nosecone while the spacious passenger cabin is arranged with the appropriate equipment needed for the maritime patrol role. Rectangular windows dot the fuselage sides. Two mission consoles are fitted to either side of the customizable fuselage and a compact galley and toilet area are also included for long-endurance missions. Internal space has also been reserved for additional fuel storage for increased operational ranges.

Performance specifications include a dash speed nearing 350 knots with an excellent rate-of-climb able to take the aircraft to altitudes of 41,000 feet. The aircraft can operate at high altitudes for up to ten hours and at low altitudes for up to seven hours while reaching out to ranges of 3,300 nautical miles. The unique arrangement of fuselage, wings, and engines make the MPA one of the quietest and fastest turboprop aircraft available today - providing performance more akin to jet aircraft than propeller-driven types.

The MPA is being developed jointly with support from Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI) of Abu Dhabi. Saab Defence and Security Systems of Sweden has developed the MPA's all-important mission system fit.

May 2016 - The MPA platform has achieved its first-flight though the program has since been stalled indefinitely.

Any available statistics for the Piaggio MPA (Multirole Patrol Aircraft) Multi-Mission Maritime Patrol Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (404mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: Italy
Service Year: 2020
Classification Type: Multi-Mission Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Piaggio Aero - Italy
Production Units: 1
Operational Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
Italy (possible)
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Piaggio MPA (Multirole Patrol Aircraft) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
8


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
47.24 ft


Meters
14.4 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
45.93 ft


Meters
14 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
12.96 ft


Meters
3.95 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
16,535 lb


Kilograms
7,500 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
26,455 lb


Kilograms
12,000 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Turboprop engines arranged in pusher configuration.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
404 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
650 kph


Knots
351 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
3,800 mi


Kilometers
6,115 km


Nautical Miles
3,302 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
41,010 ft


Meters
12,500 m


Miles
7.77 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
3,000 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
914 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• MPA (Multirole Patrol Aircraft) - Base Series Name.