The first P-3 Orion aircraft to be modified by Airbus Military for the Brazilian Air Force was baptised today by Brazilian Minister of Defence, Celso Amorim, in the presence of the Commander of the Air Force, Juniti Saito, during an official ceremony at the airbase BASV in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The delivery of the aircraft allows the Brazilian Air Force to start operations with the most modern aircraft of the type in South America.
The aircraft is the first of a fleet of nine which are undergoing a complete systems
modernisation programme, including the installation of Airbus Military’s Fully Integrated
Tactical System (FITS).
As well as the FITS, the aircraft will benefit from a powerful new suite of mission sensors,
communications systems and upgraded cockpit avionics. The engines are also updated and,
depending on the condition of each individual aircraft, the structures are renovated to permit
many more years of effective operation.
Two more aircraft will be delivered this year, with the remaining six aircraft to be delivered in
The Brazilian Air Force will use the aircraft for maritime patrol, anti-submarine missions and a
range of civic missions including economic exclusion zone enforcement and search and
EL PRIMER AVION P 3 ORION MODIFICADO POR AIRBUS MILITARY PARA LA FUERZA AEREA BRASILERA, FUE RECIBIDO HOY POR EL MINISTRO DE DEFENSA BRASILERO CELSO AMORIN, CON LA PRESENCIA DEL JEFE DE LA FUERZA AEREA, JURINI SAITO, EN LA CEREMONIA EFECTUADA EN LA BASE AEREA DE SALVADOR DE BAHIA (BASV).
LA ENTREGA DEL AVION A LA FUERZA AEREA DIO COMIENZO A LAS OPERACIONES CON EL MAS MODERNO AVION EN SU TIPO EN SUD AMERICA.
EL AVION ES EL PRIMERO DE UNA FLOTA DE 9 QUE HAN SIDO EQUIPADOS CON EL SISTEMA FITS DE AIRBUS.
DOS AVIONES MAS SERAN ENTREGADOS ESTE AÑO Y LOS RESTANTES 6 EN EL TRANSCURSO DEL AÑO 2012.