PAKISTAN NAVY To Induct Long Range Marine Patrol Aircraft (LRMP) In Its Arsenal:
PAKISTAN NAVY wants to boost its Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities by seeking to induct Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft in its arsenal in a couple of years.
According to the details, PAKISTAN NAVY formally released the tender, for an undisclosed numbersof Twin Engine Jet Powered Aircraft that PAKISTAN NAVY will use for Anti-Submarine Warfare, Airborne Warning and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) purposes back on 10th January, 2020.
According to the details of the tender released by PAKISTAN NAVY, the required LRMP Aircraft to have the following parameters:
- Service Ceiling: 40,000 – 50,000 Ft
- Ferry Range: 4,0000+ Nautical Miles
- Maximum Landing/Take Off Distance: 7,000 Ft
- Maximum Take-Off Weight: 120,000 lbs to 140,000 lbs
- Total Length: 120 Ft or less
- Wingspan: 112 Ft or less
According to the details of the tender, the PAKISTAN NAVY wants the bidders to offer clean configuration, as is, if the LRMP is a VIP Transport Aircraft or simply Passenger aircraft. Furthermore, the overall Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft should not deviate from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the Aircraft should conform to the original structural design of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
The Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft of PAKISTAN NAVY should be able to perform and support secondary maritime reconnaissance roles, including the training, transport, Search and Rescue and asymmetrical threats or challenges
Role and Modification Options of the Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft:
According to the details of the Tender, the Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft should be suitable for subsequent modifications to further increase the role and capability of the Aircraft:
- Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
- Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW)
- Airborne Early Warning System (AEWS)
- Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
Additionally, PAKISTAN NAVY requires that the Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft major components and parts, including the flight navigation, flight control system, landing gears and other should conform the basic requirements and restrictions of the ITAR (International Traffic and Arms Regulations). In other words, all parts of the Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft should be 100% free from US-origin systems.
Furthermore, it is also required by PAKISTAN NAVY that the Companies bidding for the Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft should have a good track record and should have at least 100 orders of the aircraft from different countries of the world.
Additionally, it should also conform to the Worldwide Commercial Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Support standard for its main and critical components, including the engine, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), Flight Instrument System, Air Conditioning system and so on.
It is worth mentioning that PAKISTAN NAVAL CHIEF Admiral Zaffar Mahmood Abbasi has already stated back in 2018, the Service requirement for the successor of P-3C Orion Aircraft. Furthermore, the PAKISTAN NAVAL CHIEF also underlined that PAKISTAN NAVY will do its level best to acquire the Next Generation Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) Aircraft from any Source or countries, including the united states.
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