Portuguese Air Force P-3C CUP+ Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Portuguese Air Force P-3C CUP+ Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft

GDMS-C Awarded Portuguese Air Force Contract to Modernize Its Fleet of P-3C aircraft

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has won a $24 million contract to help the Portuguese Air Force modernize its fleet of P-3C aircraft to support Maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities. This was secured through a government-to-government (G2G) contract between CCC and the Portuguese Air Force. G2G contracts are part of CCC’s International Prime Contractor service that brings qualified Canadian companies to foreign government buyers. General Dynamics will provide equipment and technology to upgrade the communications and mission electronics.

“We are very pleased to partner with the Portuguese Air Force, leveraging Canada’s investment and long-term commitment to the P3 fleet. As standards and threats evolve, we are proud to support our customers around the world to meet the changing environment,” said Matt Young, Sr. Director of International Air and Naval Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada.

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“CCC is proud to simplify and expedite the acquisitions of Canadian expertise and technology by Portugal – a NATO ally and important trading partner,” said Mathieu Lacroix, CCC’s Account Director, Aerospace Sector.

Right: Mathieu Lacroix, Account Director, CCC (CNW Group/Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC))
Colonel Jorge Nunes, Head of the Administrative and Financial Service
Right: Mathieu Lacroix, Account Director, CCC (CNW Group/Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC))

The upgrades to Portugal’s P3-C fleet are modeled on modernizations that General Dynamics provides to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Mission Management System offered to Portugal now comprises over 50 installations worldwide on both Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Maritime Patrol Helicopters. Portugal is a member of NATO. The upgrades will allow the Portuguese Air Force, as a NATO member, to maintain the capabilities required to contribute to new and existing NATO activities. In addition to maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities, Portugal’s air force also provides air policing, air transport, search and rescue, and medical evacuations.

In 2021, CCC facilitated the export of over $2.92B in goods and services by Canadian companies around the world. International Prime Contractor (IPC) is a fee-based service where CCC enters into commercial contracts on a government to government (G2G) basis for the sale of Canadian solutions. CCC can work with all levels of government – national, state/provincial, and municipal, as well as government agencies and government-owned enterprises. Every G2G commercial contract signed by CCC has the legal effect of being signed in the name of the Government of Canada, and comes with an assurance of contract performance.

Portuguese Air Force P-3C CUP+ Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Portuguese Air Force P-3C CUP+ Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada delivers advanced system solutions to Canadian and international customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, it is one of the largest defence and security companies in Canada and is a world-class prime contractor and systems integrator for land, sea, air and cyber solutions. Established in 1948, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has been a trusted and reliable partner to Canada’s National Defence for decades. Supporting Canada’s armed forces and more than 20 allied forces and first responders worldwide is our story – past, present and future.

The Canadian Commercial Corporation is a Canadian federal Crown corporation mandated to facilitate international trade on behalf of Canadian industry, particularly with governments of foreign countries. As an export sales agency, CCC supports the growth of international trade by helping Canadian exporters gain access to foreign government procurement markets and helping government buyers abroad to obtain goods from Canada.[1] The ability to enter into commercial contracts as a Government of Canada entity through the CCC gives Canadian exporters the opportunity to mitigate risks associated with foreign procurement and international contracting.

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