The Royal Malaysian Air Pressure (RMAF) has obtained its first CN-235-220M (quantity M44-05) medium tactical transport plane that was transformed as a Maritime Surveillance Plane (MSA). This system to transform the CN-235 transport plane to MSA variants have been financed by the US Authorities below its Indo-Pacific Maritime Safety Initiative (MSI) Program, which goals to enhance the maritime surveillance capabilities of companion nations. Indonesian aviation firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) labored in cooperation with US firm Built-in Surveillance and Protection Inc. (ISD), which provided and built-in the Mission Administration System for the three plane.

The Royal Malaysian Air Pressure intend to transform two (2) of the Royal Malaysian Air Pressure (RMAF) PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) CN-235 transport plane into Maritime Patrol Plane (MPA). The RMAF’s No 1 Squadron at the moment has seven (7) PTDI CN-235M-220 used for air transport roles, which has been in service since 1998. The Royal Malaysian Air Pressure has an impending program to conduct service-life extension program for the CN-235 fleet with PTDI beginning late this 12 months, and the improve of two items into MPAs can be included within the contract. The conversions PTDI beforehand carried out for the Indonesian Air Pressure and Navy.


Royal Malaysian Air Pressure CN235-220M (M44-05) tactical airlifter

Amongst these put in as a part of the MSA conversion embody a brand new floor search radar put in on the backside of the plane fuselage, and is able to detecting small tagets as much as 200 nautical miles. The plane additionally has a brand new Ahead Wanting Infra-Purple (FLIR) below its nostril, and was additionally built-in with a brand new Computerized Identification System (AIS), and an computerized monitoring system to establish ships. The Indonesian plane are fitted with the Merlin maritime surveillance mission suite developed by U.S. firm Built-in Surveillance and Protection, based mostly in Oregon. It additionally features a maritime surveillance radar, an electro-optical turret and digital help measures.

The CASA CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engined transport plane that was collectively developed by CASA (now Airbus) of Spain and Indonesian producer IPTN (now PT Dirgantara Indonesia ), as a regional airliner and navy transport. The partnership utilized solely to the Collection 10 and Collection 100/110, with later variations being developed independently. Its main navy roles embody maritime patrol, surveillance, and air transport. Its largest consumer is Turkey, which has 59 plane. The Royal Malaysian Air Pressure ordered eight CN-235s in 1998 and deliveries have been accomplished in 2001. One plane was written off after it ditched within the sea in February 2016.