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An Italian plane joins Operation Sophia

(B2) The European naval operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med / Sophia) received air reinforcement: a P-72A multipurpose aircraft from the Italian Air Force. It carried out its first mission on Tuesday (June 4) and is now fully integrated into the European force a few days after its arrival, indicates the operation HQ in Rome

(credit: EUNAVFOR Med)

The P-72A (or ATR 72MP according to its commercial designation) is a modern maritime patrol aircraft adapted by the Italian manufacturers Finmeccanica and Leonardo on the basis of the ATR 72 airliner. Capable of carrying out a large number of operations at low and medium altitude, in all weather, it has the latest version of the airborne tactical observation system (ATOS or Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) allowing advanced maritime and electronic surveillance, even in low light.

NB: the operation still has no naval assets in the area and is reduced to aerial surveillance.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).