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PAL Aerospace P-4

Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Proposal

Canada | 2025

"The P-4 is being prepared by PAL Aerospace and Thales as a possible solution against the Royal Malaysian Air Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft requirement."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the PAL P-4 MPA Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Proposal.
(Q400): 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW150 turboprop engines developing 5,071 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
416 mph
670 kph | 362 kts
Max Speed
27,001 ft
8,230 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
1,274 miles
2,050 km | 1,107 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the PAL P-4 MPA Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Proposal.
107.6 ft
32.80 m
O/A Length
93.2 ft
(28.40 m)
O/A Width
27.6 ft
(8.40 m)
O/A Height
39,286 lb
(17,820 kg)
Empty Weight
60,627 lb
(27,500 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the PAL Aerospace P-4 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) Proposal .
None. Mission-specific equipment carried to fulfill Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) role.
Notable series variants as part of the PAL Aerospace P-4 family line.
P-4 - Base Series Designation; debuted 2022.

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The P-4 is a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) project being undertaken by PAL Aerospace and Thales centered on the de Havilland Canada "Dash 8" twin-turboprop regional airliner (detailed elsewhere on this site). PAL's expertise lies in special-mission aircraft and systems while Thales has decades of experience in systems and subsystems covering products across military, civilian, and industry sectors. Within the PAL Airlines fleet reside no fewer than eighteen Dash 8 aircraft (as of April 2022).

In the P-4, the airframe retains the same form and function of the Dash 8, complete with leading edge turboprop engines driving multi-bladed propellers. The high-wing mounting provides excellent low-and-slow operations while the sloped nosecone gives pilots equally excellent vision out-of-the-cockpit. The tail unit retains the familiar T-style single-rudder / high-mounted plane arrangement. A retractable, wheeled tricycle is used for ground-running.

Key physical changes include a chin-mounted "blister" turret housing an Electro-Optical (EO) camera. Internally, a maritime radar is standard with multiple crew stations to digest the incoming data while, externally, a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) boom is noted. At the dorsal and ventral centerlines of the fuselage are an array of protruding antenna. At midships under the belly of the aircraft is a pronounced mound housing additional equipment.

An example of the aircraft was presented at Defense Services Asia 2022, presumably to garner Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) interest in such a product - the service looking to upgrade its MPA capabilities.

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Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the PAL Aerospace P-4. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): PAL Aerospace - Canada; Thales Group - France
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