The Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) first Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft upgraded to the CUP+ (Capability Upkeep Program) standard will be officially received and presented on October 06 in a ceremony to be held at Beja air base Nº11. The aircraft is conducting flight trials in Portugal before its formal introduction in service.

In December of 2007, The Portuguese MoD procurement agency DGAIED (Direcção Geral de Armamento e Infra-Estruturas de Defesa) has contracted Lockheed Martin to upgrade three P-3C Update II.5 and two CUP CG (Coast Guard) aircraft procured in 2006 to the Netherlands and previously operated by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).

OGMA Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA will upgrade the last three aircraft.

Delivery of the last upgraded aircraft scheduled for February of 2012.

The upgraded fleet will replace the P-3P Orion aircraft operated by the 601 Squadron Lobos.


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