Portuguese Air Force

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The Portuguese Air Force (Portuguese: Força Aérea Portuguesa) is the air force of Portugal. In Portugal, it is referred to by the acronym FAP, but internationally is often referred to by the acronym PoAF. It is one of the three branches of the Portuguese Armed Forces.

The Portuguese Air Force was formed on July 1st, 1952, when the former Aeronáutica Militar (Army Aviation) and Aviação Naval (Naval Aviation) were united in a single independent Air Force. However, its origins dates back to 1912, when military aviation began to be used in Portugal, later leading to the creation of the Army and Navy's aviation services.

Its Aerobatic display teams are the Asas de Portugal jet aircraft display team and the Rotores de Portugal helicopter display team.

Aircraft Inventory[edit | edit source]

Combat Aircraft[edit | edit source]

AWACS[edit | edit source]

ELINT[edit | edit source]

Maritime Patrol Aircraft[edit | edit source]

Transport Aircraft[edit | edit source]

Helicopters[edit | edit source]

Training Aircraft[edit | edit source]

  • Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet x 10 (Advanced Trainer/Light Attack Aircraft)
  • General Dynamics F-16B Fighting Falcon x 6 (Conversion Trainer)
  • Socata TB30 Epsilon x 16 (Basic Trainer)

Future Procurement[edit | edit source]