Maritime Surveillance is the effective knowledge and understanding of all activities carried out at sea within the territorial waters or Economic Exclusivity Zone that could impact the security, safety, economy, or environment of a country.
A set of different missions may be executed:
- Maritime Safety
- Search and Rescue
- Fisheries Protection
- Maritime Oil Fields Protection
- Marine Environmental Protection
- Drugs interdiction
- Illegal Immigration Interdiction
- Defence Readiness
- Other Law Enforcement Missions

Many countries around the world have deployed Coastal Surveillance Systems or Vessel Traffic Services Systems which allow the coverage of their coastal waters up to a range of 40/50 NM. Beyond that range blue waters are explored by heavy maritime patrol aircrafts and vessels.

Light/Medium helicopters are commonly used at ranges from 20 to 100 NM from the coast, the performance of such platforms, even though of paramount importance in rescue operation, in search operations is normally very poor and very expensive.

The concept of the design is to develop an airborne surveillance platform allowing to explore the area situated between 50 and 200 NM with a very low cost of acquisition and extremely low cost of flight hour. The result is an airborne surveillance platform allowing to explore areas from 3000 to 8000 square NM at a typical range of 100 NM from the coast with an acquisition cost similar to that of a light helicopter and a probability of intercept close to 100%.

System design is based on four main factors:
??? Use of a low cost aircraft.
??? Use of a well proven airborne search & identification radar.
??? Use of a large format long range day and infrared stabilized optical sensors.
??? Use of Vessel Automatic Identification System.

The result is an excellent Maritime Surveillance Airborne System which may execute all the missions required on the maritime scenario and may very efficiently enhance the detection range and performance of existing coastal surveillance systems.

The experience of five major companies has contributed to the success of the design:
??? Indra, largest provider of shore based Maritime Surveillance Systems worldwide.
??? Tecnam, the number one manufacturer of Light Sport Aircrafts (LSA) worldwide.
??? SELEX Galileo, European leader in airborne radar.
??? Flir Systems, one of the world top electrooptics manufacturers.
??? Airborne Technologies, which gathers an important experience on installation of systems on the P2006T.
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The MRI is based on the TECNAM P2006T platform. The aircraft was selected taking into consideration a number of factors like reliability, economy of operation, maintainability and performances. Minimum pilot rating (PPL/ME) is required to fly the aircraft.

Flexible fuel system
MOGAS (automotive 95 oct) / AVGAS.
Twin engine
Tecnam P2006T is a twin-engine four-seat aircraft equipped with two four-cylinder fourstroke Rotax 912S3 liquid cooled engines of 100hp (73kW) each with an exceptional TBO of 2000 hours.
High Wing
The superior high-wing configuration offers stability, cabin comfort and excellent visibility.
Payload capacity
P2006T is a robust yet very light airframe, resulting in an outstanding payload to total weight ratio.
Fully retracting landing gear
The fully retracting landing gear allows the installation of multiple sensors on the belly avoiding reflections, obstacles and interferences thus maximizing the sensors performance.
Long endurance
Two fuel tanks are located outboard of the engines holding 200 litres in total providing 6 hours fly time.
Very low stall speed
The P2006T configuration allows stall speeds lower than 48 kts with very short take-off/landing distances (500 m) making it ideal to operate in short runways.
Advanced cockpit
The P2006T can be equipped with the most advanced IFR Glass Cockpit Display (Garmin 950) and other navigation aids like Autopilot, Synthetic Vision Display, Storm scope, DME, etc.
The cabin???s structural design ensures the required crashworthiness prescribed in recent amendments to the FAA-FAR23 and EASA-CS23 codes.
The twin-engine configuration of the Tecnam P2006T is extremely dependable, enabling the aircraft to travel long over water distances or over rough terrain.
Simple and convenient access to the engine compartment allows for fast daily inspections.
Reduced operating costs
Low fuel consumption and minimum maintenance requirements convey in extremely affordable operating costs.
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