Brazilian Air Force Receives Its First P-3AM Plane
By Dialogo August 04, 2011
On 30 July, the Brazilian Air Force received the four-engine Lockheed P-3AM FAB 7203, after almost two decades without an aircraft capable of anti-submarine warfare.
After crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Spanish city of Getafe, south of Madrid, the plane was welcomed at Salvador Air Base, in the state of Bahia, by military personnel from the base and members of the Ourugan Squadron, a traditional air patrol unit of the Brazilian Air Force.
The P-3AM can be considered one of the two most modern maritime patrol and anti-submarine planes currently in existence. The aircraft is capable of scanning large areas of the sea with its advanced sensors and sonobuoys and is able to locate submarines using torpedoes and/or depth charges. In addition, the plane has been equipped to use Boeing AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, with a range of 90 km, manufactured in the United States.
With this modern weapons system, the Brazilian Air Force can efficiently carry out the new directives of the National Defense Plan, especially with regard to surveillance of the petroleum exploration zones in Brazilian territorial waters.
The P-3 will offer effective support to search-and-rescue activities in the South Atlantic, and the acquisition of this model, as well as its modernization, will enable significant change in the Air Force’s operational model, placing the service in the first rank in all of Latin America and the Caribbean with regard to maritime patrol hardware.