Paramount Group is converting additional Embraer jets into maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for Pakistan as part of its Sea Sultan project.
In July 2021, Defense News reported that Pakistan had contracted Leonardo to convert three Embraer Lineage 1000 aircraft into long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the Pakistan Navy as part of long-term plans to replace the P-3C Orion fleet. from the country. Paramount Group was tasked with handling the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the aircraft prior to conversion.
Defense News reported that the initial tender was launched in November 2020, with Leonardo beating Rheinland Air Services and Turkish Aerospace Industries. A contract of 190 million dollars was then signed with Leonardo in June 2021.
The Pakistan Navy inducted the first Lineage 1000 in September 2021, during a ceremony at Pakistan Naval Station Mehran in Karachi. This aircraft (ex B-3203, cn 19000453) is unmodified and used for crew training.
In early July, the Intel Consortium reported that Pakistan had secured two more Lineage 1000 cells for Sea Sultan conversion, including A6-HHS (cn 19000296), which in early June was followed by RadarBox flying around Pretoria.
Both aircraft were previously owned by Falcon Aviation Services in Abu Dhabi and were flown to Pretoria for conversion work. It is believed that they will be equipped with search radar and weapon stations for torpedoes, sonobuoys, depth charges and other weapons.
The second Lineage 1000 owned by Falcon Aviation Services is, according to Scramble magazine, A6-IGT (c/n 19000362), but it is unclear whether this airframe is involved in the deal.