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ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)

The new generation ELI-3360 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) designed by ELTA Group, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was introduced in February 2015. The aircraft is based on the Global 5000 business jet developed by Bombardier Aerospace.

Project Type
Maritime patrol aircraft
Designer
ELTA Group
Introduction
February 2015
Crew
Up to Eight
Radar
ELM-2022
Range
9,630km

 

The new generation ELI-3360 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) designed by ELTA Group, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was introduced in February 2015. The aircraft is based on the Global 5000 business jet developed by Bombardier Aerospace.

The ELI-3360 MPA is intended to provide naval forces with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission capabilities. It can also be deployed in broad area persistent theatre monitoring, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), and communications, command and control (C3) applications.

It can also be configured for para-military / civilian applications such as maritime patrol, homeland security, law enforcement, search and rescue, shore and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) protection, and customs and drug enforcement, as well as immigration / naturalisation control, disaster monitoring, fishery control, and environment control.

ELI-3360 MPA design and features


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The ELI-3360 maritime patrol aircraft features a modular design. It offers multi-mission support and maritime superiority over a wide area, under all weather conditions. It can be deployed quickly and can be operated autonomously.

The base version has a length of 29.5m, wing span of 28.7m, height of 7.7m, and wing area of 94.9m². It features swept wings, winglets and a vertical T-tail and is attached with tricycle-type landing gear. The MPA in business-jet configuration is manned by two pilots and two observers.

State-of-the-art surveillance and reconnaissance systems are included on the aircraft to provide enhanced, real-time maritime situational awareness, as well as to offer better flight endurance and extended range.

Weapons

The ELI-3360 MPA can be equipped with a variety of weapon systems, such as torpedoes and anti-ship missiles for effective ASW and ASuW operations.

Sensors onboard the ELI-3360 MPA

The ELI-3360 MPA is equipped with the advanced, multi-mode ELM-2022 maritime surveillance, imaging and tracking radar and the ELL-8385 ESM / ELINT system, both developed by ELTA Systems.

The ELM-2022 maritime patrol radar is used to detect and track maritime and airborne targets. It also provides spot-SAR imaging, weather / storm / turbulence avoidance, and Ground MTI tracking over-SAR (GMTI/SAR) image.

“The ELI-3360 MPA is intended to provide naval forces with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission capabilities.”

Tatical and strategic ELINT data is collected and analysed by the ELL-8385 ESM / ELINT system. It is also used for long-range, high-endurance electronic support measures (ESM) and electronic intelligence (ELINT) operations.

The comprehensive communications suite in the MPA comprises broadband SATCOM, radio communications (HF, VHF, UHF), and data links.

Electro-optical (EO) / Infrared (IR) sensor payloads are featured on the airborne system. These are used to provide real-time imagery and day / night observation.
The system also features advanced C4I systems, electronic warfare (EW) suite, automatic identification system (AIS), identification, friend or foe (IFF), advanced tactical management system, and self-protection systems.

Command and control features of the ELI-3360

The integrated multi-mission command and control suite onboard the ELI-3360 maritime patrol aircraft helps to monitor and control the flight planning, surveillance equipment, and armament. It incorporates a weapon and stores management system to control the under-wing weapons.

Also fitted on the command and control unit is flexible, multi-purpose, and interchangeable operator workstations, with two to four mission operators. The unit receives real-time flight data through data links, and delivers the same to the users and network-centric warfare system.

Engine and performance of the maritime patrol aircraft

The base variant is powered by two Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR710A2-20 turbofan engines, which generate a thrust of 14,750lb each. It can fly at a typical cruise speed of 902km/h. The maximum speed is 934km/h, and a range of 9,630km is offered.

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