With the receipt of the last of the five EADS Airbus Military C-295M Persuader maritime patrol aircraft and the last of the five upgraded P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in February 2012, the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) will operates three different Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) turreted sensors.

The AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin medium tactical helicopters of 751 Squadron “Pumas” are fitted with the FLIR Systems Inc Star Safire II sensor. The L-3 Wescam MX 15 (probably the MX 15 True HD) system has been selected for the five upgraded Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion aircraft of 601 Squadron “Lobos”.

The FLIR Systems Inc Star Safire HD (High Definition) has been selected to equip the EADS Airbus Military C-295M Persuader maritime patrol aircraft of the 502 Squadron “Elefantes”.

(Força Aérea Portuguesa).

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