Should've gone ChinesePakistani Navy confirms Brazilian jetliner will replace Orion patrol aircraft
By: Usman Ansari 11 minutes ago
An attendant stands beside a model of the Embraer Lineage 1000 business jet during the Asian Aerospace Show in Hong Kong on March 8, 2011. (Kin Cheung/AP)
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Navy has selected the Embraer Lineage 1000 jetliner to replace its P-3C Orion long-range maritime patrol aircraft, a service spokesman has confirmed to Defense News.
Outgoing naval chief Adm. Adm. Zafar Mahmood Abbasi announced Oct. 6 that the Navy would replace its P-3C Orion fleet with 10 converted commercial jets, the first of which has been ordered. However, he did not identify the type.
The Ministry of Defence Production, which handles acquisition, did not return requests for comment regarding the conversion and possible partners.
With only a single aircraft ordered thus far, the program is in its early stages. When converted for Pakistani service, the aircraft will be called Sea Sultan.
It is unclear if the aircraft is being acquired directly from the manufacturer or another party. Embraer did not respond to requests for comment.
The question of what issues may arise in converting the aircraft was put to Douglas Barrie, an aerospace analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies:
“Using a commercial turbofan engine-powered aircraft as the basis for an ASW [anti-submarine warfare] platform is not unheard of. After all, the U.S. P-8 is a Boeing 737-800 derivative," he said.
But there are challenges in conversing the aircraft, he added, "not least of all if internal weapons carriage is required where a bomb bay will need to be cut into the airframe.”
“Significant undertaking and risk management is going to be important,” he said, adding that it’s likely Embraer will be asked to help with the conversion, “otherwise the challenges just get all the greater.”
Frederico Lemos, Embraer’s defense representative who handles business in Asia, did not respond to Defense News' questions about whether the company is or would be involved in the conversion process.
Sultan is actually an Arabic word and appears in the Quran as well. The title has been used by Muslims rulers all over the world and is currently the title of ruler of Oman. In the subcontinent we did have Tipu Sultan. I personally think the name Sea Sultan comes from PN's history of naming ships after Muslims kings of the subcontinentSultan actually comes from ottoman not Mughals they used to call shenshah and Persian Shah
True but context we see is ottomans they used to call themselves sultan like sultan Mehmet as title Arabs rulers used caliphs like ommayads or Abbasiads as title Iranians called Shah like Shah Abbas the Great.Sultan is actually an Arabic word and appears in the Quran as well. The title has been used by Muslims rulers all over the world and is currently the title of ruler of Oman. In the subcontinent we did have Tipu Sultan. I personally think the name Sea Sultan comes from PN's history of naming ships after Muslims kings of the subcontinent
The European version of the title 'Zolltan' is a also a common name in eastern Europe
Barbrossa was sea pirate but ottoman used him for good and made him Ameer or Admiral now a days funny thing his No2 was Jewish Sannan Rees this duo was very unique combination in piracy and later in ottoman NavyIf I am not wrong - امیرالبحر خیرالدین باربروسا of Ottoman Empire was instrumental in that expedition.
Sultan Rahi? lolOld timers will remember what “Sultan” implies in Pakistan
I think that trend should be just for the submarines, not submarine hunting aircraft =P
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