OGMA Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA will upgrade the last three of five Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft  received from the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) in 2006.

In December of 2007, The Portuguese MoD procurement agency DGAIED (Direcção-Geral de Armamento e Infra-Estruturas de Defesa) has contracted Lockheed Martin to convert three P-3C Update II.5 and two CUP CG (Coast Guard) aircraft to the CUP+ (Capability Upkeep Program) standard.

Delivery of the first upgraded aircraft now performing flight trials is scheduled to be held in August and the last in February of 2012. The delivery of the first aircraft was previously planned for March of 2010.

With the Força Aérea Portuguesa the upgraded fleet will replace the P-3P Orion aircraft operated by the 601 Squadron Lobos based at Beja air base Nº11.


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