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TAI Meltem III (ATR72-600)


Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft


Turkiye | 2023



"The Meltem III is a TAI modification of the French ATR72 turbojet passenger regional airliner reworked to an Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft standard."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the TAI Meltem III Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft.
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) turboprop engines developing 2,500 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
Propulsion
317 mph
510 kph | 275 kts
Max Speed
34,449 ft
10,500 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
870 miles
1,400 km | 756 nm
Operational Range
1,355 ft/min
413 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the TAI Meltem III Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft.
12
(MANNED)
Crew
89.1 ft
27.15 m
O/A Length
88.7 ft
(27.05 m)
O/A Width
25.1 ft
(7.65 m)
O/A Height
28,660 lb
(13,000 kg)
Empty Weight
51,809 lb
(23,500 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the TAI Meltem III (ATR72-600) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft provided across 2 hardpoints.
Assumed ordnance load for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sorties included support for mine dispensing, anti-ship missiles, precision-guided drop bombs, air-launched torpedoes, and land-attack cruise missiles.


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X
Hardpoints Key:


Centerline
Wingroot(L)
Wingroot(R)
Wing
Wingtip
Internal
Not Used
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the TAI Meltem III (ATR72-600) family line.
Meltem III - Base Project Name; six aircraft planned.


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The Meltem III is an indigenous Turkish special-mission aircraft project spear-headed by local industry powerhouse Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). The program involves a modified French ATR72-600 high-winged, turboprop-powered regional airliner converted to the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role. The Turkish Navy has partnered with long-time Italian aero-industry player Alenia Aermacchi SpA to bring the design about, this contract signed in July of 2012. The initial aircraft of the fleet was passed on to TAI engineers in April of 2013 who will tackle the modifications portion of the project.

The service seeks fleet of six airframes for the role.

On the whole, the ATR72-600 retains its primary form with its only its function being enhanced to better suit the maritime / over-water patrol role. The high-winged nature of the aircraft allows for exceptional low-and-slow flying as well as improved loitering times for remaining on station. The mainplanes sit ahead of midships in the design with each member given an underslung nacelle housing a powerful turboprop engine. The fuselage remains tubular in its general appearance and the empennage is capped by a T-style tailplane arrangement with high-mounted horizontal planes for needed control. Ground-running is supported by a conventional, short-legged (retractable) tricycle arrangement.

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Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the TAI Meltem III (ATR72-600). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 6 Units

Contractor(s): Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Turkey; Alenia Aermacchi - Italy
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Image of the TAI Meltem III (ATR72-600)
Image from official TAI marketing materials.

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