On next November 03, the Portuguese head of State, Anibal Cavaco Silva will visit the Portuguese Air Force Montijo Air Force Base Nº6. The visit will be hosted by the new Defence Minister Augusto Santos Silva, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Luís Valença Pinto and the Air Force Chief of Staff General Luís Araújo. During the visit, the president will visit the AgustaWestland AW 101 Merlin helicopters facilities and be briefed on the Airbus Military C295M tactical transport aircraft.


HOLOS SA, a company specialized in providing information and communication technologies is now accredited by the Portuguese MoD procurement agency to be a legal provider of military related services and products to the Portuguese Armed Forces.


At the Portuguese Army day festivities held in Braga, the `Comandos´ unit is showing its new 4×4 armoured vehicle. The BrigRR (Brigada de Reacção Rápida) force has received an undisclosed quantity of AM General LLC M1151A1W/B1 vehicles configured for armament carrier. The vehicle is fitted with an armoured package from Plasan Sasa Ltd, a wire cutter, an armoured turret to be fitted with 12.7mm heavy machine, 7.62mm light machine gun or even a 40mm grenade launcher and with the EID SA PRC525A vehicular tactical communication suite and associated accessories.


The Portuguese Prime Minister José Pinto de Sousa Socrates has named Augusto Santos Silva for the post of Defence Minister.

Portuguese company OGMA Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance works on a single Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire-EA) Lockheed Martin KC-130H (locally called TK-10) Hercules tactical tanker aircraft.


(Airbus Military).

An Airbus Military A330-200 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) tanker aircraft  fitted with the ARBS (Air Refuelling Boom System) system has successfully performed the first in-flight refuelling with two Portuguese Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16A Block 15 OCU combat aircraft on 21st October.

The flight lasted four hours and 30 minutes, during which a total of 13 contacts were performed with more than 1.5 tonnes of fuel being transferred.

The A330-200 MRTT used for the exercise is the first KC-30 for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which is due to be delivered by mid 2010. The RAAF has ordered 5 tanker/transport aircraft.  Conversion is carried by the Australian company Qantas Aviation Services.


(Airbus Military).

The Portuguese Air Force will receive from Alliant Techsystems Inc eight optical sensor converters for to be fitted on AAR-47A(V)2 missile warning systems.