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Chilean Navy Aviation is reviewing  the possibility of acquiring several light maritime patrol aircraft from Indra. The new aircraft would replace the Navy's aging Cessna O-2As, which are being withdrawn from service after nearly two decades of use.

Based on Tecnam's P2006T, the MPI aircraft would be used to patrol the Chilean coastline along its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ. The MPI is equipped with a SELEX Galileo Seaspray 5000E Synthetic Aperture radar and electron scanner, which also has electro-optical night vision.

The radar range allows for observation up to 5,000 square miles, and depending on the mission, the aircraft can stay in flight for 3.5-4.5 hours patrolling an area 150 miles offshore.

Although the Chilean Navy is interested in acquiring up to eight MPI aircraft, an initial procurement may only involve three or four.

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