Pakistan Navy selects Embraer Lineage 1000E as new MPA: The Sea Sultan

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Pakistan Navy's Embraer Lineage 1000E MPA: The Sea Sultan
Pakistan Navy's Embraer Lineage 1000E MPA: The Sea Sultan

As predicted by PSF a few days ago, the Pakistan Navy has officially disclosed that the aircraft selected for their Long-Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft (LRMPA) mission is the Embraer Lineage 1000E.

After wide-ranging and very extensive modifications, the Lineage 1000E will become the Pakistan Navy ‘Sea Sultan’ jet-powered LR-MPA, designed specifically for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) as well as ISR, ASuW, ELINT, ESM, C2 and SAR.

Description of Sea Sultan LRMPA
Description of Sea Sultan LRMPA

Ten aircraft will be ordered and the contract for 1 has already been completed and the aircraft has been ordered.

The modifications will most probably be done by Rhienmetall Air Service (Germany), which also modified the ATR-72 commercial aircraft into the RAS-72 Sea Eagle MPA for the Pakistan Navy.

The Sea Sultan will also see similar modifications to the Pakistan Navy RAS-72 Sea Eagle but with a much longer range, longer endurance, more payload, more subsystems and external hardpoints as well as internal stores dropped via bomb-bay doors.

The Embraer Lineage 1000E has an 8500 km range, Mach 0.82 max speed, 41000 ft service ceiling and a 120,000 lb. MTOW.

First Embraer Lineage 1000 in Pakistan Navy colors for Sea Sultan Project
First Embraer Lineage 1000 in Pakistan Navy colors for Sea Sultan Project

The unit cost will be around $50 million but with the upgrades and modifications will cost around $80-90 million flyaway cost.

Specifications/Systems of Pakistan Navy’s Embraer Lineage 1000E MPA

To get an idea of the type of subsystems on the RAS 72-Sea Eagle has, read the following article.

Pakistan Navy’s RAS ATR-72 Sea Eagle MPA: https://pakstrategic.com/2020/10/21/pakistan-navys-ras-atr-72-sea-eagle-mpa/

Pakistan Navy’s Embraer Lineage 1000E MPA will also feature somewhat similar systems.

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