Alenia and Daimler-Benz Aerospace (Dasa) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a "competitive solution" for mission equipment package components for the German/Italian Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) that will replace the Breguet Atlantique 1150. Alenia's avionic systems and equipment division and Dasa's defence and civil systems unit plan to co-operate on the tactical command system, transportable air operation centre and maritime air operation centre for the aircraft. A decision on the MPA airframe will be taken in 1999.

Source: Flight International