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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Portugal
Portugal to upgrade its C-130H transport aircraft
The Defence Minister of Portugal, José Alberto Azeredo Lopes has authorized the Air Force to proceed with the modernization of the Lockheed Martin C-130H aircraft. The country’s Air Force operates a fleet of five Hercules military airlifters.
Portugal to upgrade its C-130H transport aircraft 640 001Portuguese Air Force C-130H carry out a wide range of military and civilian tasks
(Credit: Portuguese Air Force)
According to the minister “the modernization programme of the C-130H is essential to meet the requirements of the Single European Sky regulations, as well as for support and modernization of these aircraft.”

The overall cost of the programme is estimated at USD32.3 million. The amount has been allocated by the ministry’s budget. The projected completion date is 2023. No other details have been disclosed for the upcoming contract.

Single European Sky is EU effort to reform Air Traffic Management in Europe, to cope with the increasing air traffic growth, in a safe, cost and flight-efficient and environmentally friendly method. The de-fragmentation of the European airspace would increase safety and flight efficiency, while reducing delays and inhibited costs.