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TAI Meltem II (CN-235)

Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)

Turkiye | 2005

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

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the TAI Meltem II Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).
2 x General Electric CT7-9C3 turboprop engines developing 1,750 horsepower driving four-bladed propeller units.
295 mph
475 kph | 256 kts
Max Speed
25,049 ft
7,635 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
2,706 miles
4,355 km | 2,352 nm
Operational Range
1,780 ft/min
543 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the TAI Meltem II Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).
70.2 ft
21.40 m
O/A Length
84.6 ft
(25.80 m)
O/A Width
26.8 ft
(8.18 m)
O/A Height
21,605 lb
(9,800 kg)
Empty Weight
38,581 lb
(17,500 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the TAI Meltem II (CN-235) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) .
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.
Notable series variants as part of the TAI Meltem II (CN-235) family line.
Meltem II - Base Series Name.
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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.

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Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the TAI Meltem II (CN-235). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 9 Units

Contractor(s): Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey; Thales Airborne Systems - France; CASA - Spain
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Image from official TAI marketing materials.

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