The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has taken delivery of the seventh P-3AM Orion patrol aircraft, under a contract to modernize the fleet.
The P-3AM Orion is used in the monitoring and protection of marine areas and natural resources of the Amazon and, in particular, of the “pre-sal” region of the continental shelf. In addition, the aircraft supports search and rescue activities in the South Atlantic which are under the responsibility of Brazil.
The aircraft has been fitted with one of the most modern radar systems available for identification, and also has a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) optical system which provides additional information on maritime traffic, and also provides crisp and clear imagery even at night. With these systems, it is possible to locate, identify and record the whole shipping scenario of vessels for the Brazilian navy, and to direct its policing activities to the most critical areas.