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TAI Meltem II (CN-235)


Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) [ 2005 ]



The Meltem II serves the modern Turkish Armed Forces in the Maritime Patrol Role.



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Meltem II is a Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) modification of the proven Spanish CASA (Airbus Military) CN-235 high-winged, turboprop-powered tactical transport. With lead assistance from French-based Thales Airborne Systems (TAS), TAI completed work on nine CN-235 airframes for the role. The aircraft retains all of the performance qualities of the original tactical transport, including its excellent "low-and-slow" capabilities, and introduces systems and subsystems designed exclusively for the submarine-hunting / anti-ship role. The conversion program began in September of 2002 and the modern Turkish Navy and Coast Guard branches continue to make use of the design.

In aircraft's high-winged mainplanes provide for enhanced Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) qualities. Each wing member houses a turboprop engine in an underslung nacelle, the powerplants turning four-bladed propeller units. The nosecone is short and shallow, giving pilots (seated side-by-side) a commanding view of the field ahead. The tricycle (retractable) undercarriage of the CN-235 is retained for ground-running as is the single-finned (low-mounted horizontal planes) tail unit. Modern maritime sensors and various antenna protrusions are noted along the sides of the fuselage as well as the dorsal and ventral lines. At the tail is a Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) boom.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
2005

Origin
Turkey national flag graphic
Turkey

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
12

Production
9
UNITS


Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey; Thales Airborne Systems - France; CASA - Spain
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Special-Mission: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy underwater elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and weapons.
Special-Mission: Anti-Ship
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy surface elements through visual acquisition, radar support, and onboard weaponry.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


RADAR-CAPABLE
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
COUNTERMEASURES
Survivability enhanced by way of onboard electronic or physical countermeasures enacted by the aircraft or pilot/crew.
MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
CREWSPACE PRESSURIZATION
Supports pressurization required at higher operating altitudes for crew survival.
CREW-MANAGED
Beyond a pilot, the aircraft takes advantage of additional crew specialized in specific functions aboard the aircraft.
ENCLOSED CREWSPACE(S)
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
RETRACTABLE UNDERCARRIAGE
Features retracting / retractable undercarriage to preserve aerodynamic efficiency.
TORPEDO ARMAMENT
Ability to launch / release torpedoes against ocean-going threats / targets.
MINE DISPENSING
Ability to launch or dispense naval mines as a deterrence measure.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.


Length
70.2 ft
(21.40 m)
Width/Span
84.6 ft
(25.80 m)
Height
26.8 ft
(8.18 m)
Empty Wgt
21,605 lb
(9,800 kg)
MTOW
38,581 lb
(17,500 kg)
Wgt Diff
+16,976 lb
(+7,700 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the TAI Meltem II production variant)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
High-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
Straight
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the TAI Meltem II production variant)
Installed: 2 x General Electric CT7-9C3 turboprop engines developing 1,750 horsepower driving four-bladed propeller units.
Max Speed
295 mph
(475 kph | 256 kts)
Cruise Speed
280 mph
(450 kph | 243 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+16 mph
(+25 kph | 13 kts)
Ceiling
25,049 ft
(7,635 m | 5 mi)
Range
2,706 mi
(4,355 km | 8,065 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,780 ft/min
(543 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the TAI Meltem II production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
Weapons centered around the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Ship (AS) roles and includes precision-guided bombs, drop bombs, naval mines, torpedoes, and anti-ship missiles.


Supported Types


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Meltem II - Base Series Name.


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