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).



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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 2012.

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 rescue.

About Airbus Military

Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and support a comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to 45 tonnes of payload. An Airbus daughter company, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, as well as the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. Together with the smaller “Light & Medium” C295, CN235 and C212, Airbus Military is the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft able to perform the most varied missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some 130 military, civilian and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.

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