Leonardo has confirmed the suitability of its ATR 42/72 MP aircraft to carry out paratrooper jump missions during a recent demonstration. The new capability adds to the current range of missions for the twin turboprop, including patrol, search and rescue, passenger and cargo transport, medevac and troop transport.
The experimental air activity involved an ATR MP aircraft fitted with a paratrooper door installed at the rear of the cabin. The trials, carried out successfully at the end of July, included launching paratroopers and dummies plus demonstrating the effectiveness of recovery procedures during an emergency.
Within Italy, the ATR MP is operated, in different configurations, by the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian Coast Guard and the Italian Air Force, for maritime patrol, search and identification of surface ships, search and rescue (SAR), monitoring and intervention of ecological disasters, protection of territorial waters, as well as the prevention of drug trafficking, piracy, and smuggling.