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Tecnam-Leonardo P2012 Sentinel

Twin-Engine Special Mission Platform (SMP)

Italy | 2022

"The Tecnam P2012 Sentinel is based in the proven, utility-minded P2012 Traveller twin-turboprop aircraft."

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The Tecnam P2012 "Sentinel" is an all-weather, special-mission platform variant of the company's original P2012 "Traveller" twin-engine utility aircraft of 2020. In this earlier form, the aircraft went to the air for the first time during July of 2016 and saw commercial market series introduction in February of 2020. The airframe has been reconstituted for the Maritime Patrol (MP) role, outfitted with powerful sensors and manned onboard systems to suit the requirement, and, in June 2022, Tecnam teamed with Italian defense powerhouse Leonardo to showcase the new aircraft to the mass global market.

With roots in the Traveller, the aircraft retains the same form and performance as its forerunner. The turboprop engines are held high and ahead of the high-mounted wing mainplanes. Beyond providing excellent ground clearance, this arrangement enhances lift-versus-drag in "low-and-slow" flying actions - a perfect quality for a loitering platform. The fuselage aerodynamically-refined through its slab-sided, rounded edges approach and the flight deck sits behind a sharply sloped nosecone giving the pilots (seated side-by-side) good views of the terrain ahead. The tail unit is of single-finned arrangement with small-area, low-set horizontal planes for the needed control. The undercarriage is wheeled, retractable, and sports short legs, keeping the fuselage low to the ground when at rest.

External dimensions of the aircraft include a running length of 38.6 feet, a height of 14.4 feet, and a wingspan of 46 feet.

Internally, a crew of two plus five systems operators can be carried. The fuselage sides are lined with viewports for visual scanning and allowing natural lighting to permeate the cabin. The aircraft carries Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF), full search-tracking radar suite, cameras, satlink and datalink communications, SATellite COMmunications (SATCOM), and Electro-Optical / InfraRed (EO/IR) systems. The camera blister is modular, allowing equipment changes to suit customer requirements. The cockpit is dominated by three full-color Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) showcasing all pertinent real-time operating, performance, and systems data. Control yokes are positioned ahead of each pilot's seat with throttle controls shared in between. Workstations are positioned behind the flight deck in a single-aisle arrangement.

The versatility of the design means this aircraft can be pressed into a myriad of roles: border surveillance / security, maritime enforcement, drug interdiction, fisheries control, immigration control, environmental research and enforcement, Search and Rescue (SAR), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), anti-ship warfare, and SPECOPS support.

The Sentinel can cruise at speeds of 360 kmh and range out to 1,575 kilometers, giving it good "legs" over wide swathes of ocean and terrain. This power is provided by twin Lycoming TEO-540-C1A series turboprop engines developing 750 horsepower apiece. The units drive four-bladed variable-pitch MT propellers. Max gross weight of the aircraft reaches 3,680 kilograms. Its practical service ceiling is 5,945 meters.

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June 2022 - Tecnam has teamed up with Leonardo to market its P2012 Sentinel Special Mission Platform aircraft to a wider global audience.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Tecnam P2012 Sentinel Twin-Engine Special Mission Platform (SMP).
2 x Lycoming TEO-540-C1A turboprop engines developing 750 horsepower each driving four-bladed propeller units.
261 mph
420 kph | 227 kts
Max Speed
224 mph
360 kph | 194 kts
Cruise Speed
19,505 ft
5,945 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
979 miles
1,575 km | 850 nm
Operational Range
787 ft/min
240 m/min
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Tecnam P2012 Sentinel Twin-Engine Special Mission Platform (SMP).
38.7 ft
11.80 m
O/A Length
45.9 ft
(14.00 m)
O/A Width
14.4 ft
(4.40 m)
O/A Height
5,247 lb
(2,380 kg)
Empty Weight
8,113 lb
(3,680 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Tecnam-Leonardo P2012 Sentinel Twin-Engine Special Mission Platform (SMP) .
None. Mission equipment reserved for the maritime / over-water patrol role.
Notable series variants as part of the Tecnam-Leonardo P2012 Sentinel family line.
P2012 "Sentinel" - Base Series Designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Tecnam-Leonardo P2012 Sentinel. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 2 Units

Contractor(s): Tecnam / Leonardo - Italy
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