The Minister of National Defence, José Alberto Azeredo Lopes, authorized the start of the procedure for the modernization of five C-130H aircraft operated by the Air Force.
The Minister considered that "the modernization program of the C-130H is essential to meet the requirements of the European Single Sky regulations, as well as for support and modernization of these aircraft,” says a statement from the Ministry of National Defense.
For this reason, Azeredo Lopes authorized the contracting procedure that will ensure the operation of the C-130 for the future, the same document added.
The strategic airlift capability is currently ensured by the C-130Hs, which are essential aircraft both in military operations and in various missions of public interest.
The C-130 performs peacekeeping missions, maritime patrol, search and rescue, logistical and aero medical evacuations.
These aircraft entered Air Force service in the late 70s, and have operated in Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Cape Verde, East Timor, the Persian Gulf, Moscow, Afghanistan, Rwanda and the Balkans.
The forecast for the end of this modernization process is in 2023, with the intervention budgeted 29 million euros.