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A Portuguese P3 Orion joins Operation Sophia

(B2) A Portuguese P-3 Orion C CUP+ maritime surveillance aircraft joined the EU maritime operation in the Mediterranean at the beginning of August. He carried out his first surveillance mission

(credit: Portuguese Air Force / EUNAVFOR Sophia)

The Portuguese Air Force's P-3C CUP+ comes from a program to modernize the Dutch P-3Cs (sold by the Royal Netherlands Navy in 2005 following budget cuts). It retains all maritime patrol capabilities inherited from the P-3P, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare and search and rescue (SAR).

It has a suite of sensors combined with a modern and fully integrated tactical mission system, allowing it to operate in both the maritime and land environment, meeting the general requirements of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions ( ISR).


  1. Hence the name of CUP as Capability Upkeep Program:UD2.5 was converted to ASQ-227 mission computer and ASQ-78B acoustics system.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).