Turkey has completed the first flight of an EADS Casa CN-235 fitted for maritime patrol missions.
Thales has performed the modification on the aircraft for the Turkish navy, which completed its first flight this week. The maritime patrol version is based on the Airborne Maritime Situation and Control System (Amascos) and should deliver both anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
Under the Meltem II program, Thales is modifying three CN-235s for the Turkish coast guard, to be used to protect and monitor its economic exclusion zone, in addition to the CN-235s for the navy.
The project is part of a larger surveillance enhancement program. Under the so called Meltem III project, Thales also is upgrading ten ATR-72s into maritime patrol aircraft, using the Amascos suite as well. That program is run in cooperation with Alenia Aeronautica.
First flight of the ATR-72-based version is planned for 2010.