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Italy adds three more maritime patrol ATR 72s

Italy’s Guardia di Finanza agency has signed for three additional ATR 72MPs – the maritime patrol variant of the turboprop airliner.

Valued at over €150 million ($162 million), including support services, the deal adds to an initial example ordered in 2018.

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First delivery is due later this year, with the remaining three aircraft to arrive by 2022.

Alessandro Profumo, chief executive of Leonardo, says: "We are proud that Guardia di Finanza has chosen to rely once again on our ATR 72MP.”

Leonardo is a joint shareholder with Airbus in the ATR programme.

Italy’s air force also operates a pair of ATR 72s configured for maritime patrol missions, which it designates the P-72A.