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Last Published: 11/19/2019

Aerospace, Defense and Security

Portugal is a founding member of NATO and a full member of the European Union. The Portuguese Armed Forces comprise of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and are in charge of protecting Portugal’s sovereignty and interests, and supporting international peacekeeping efforts. In addition to the three branches of the armed forces there is the Republican National Guard, a militarized security force under the authority of both the Defence and the Internal Affairs Ministry.
Portugal recently approved a new military programming law with a total of $5.3 billion until 2030.  Among the structural projects that represents around one-third of the total spending there are plans to acquire strategic and tactial air transporation aircrafts, oceanic patrol vessels, evacuation helicopters, a muti-purpose vessel and a refueling vessel. The United States accounted for 40% of total defense equipment imports during 2012-2016.
The aerospace and defense cluster in Portugal has a strong industrial base in several areas including engines, air traffic infrastructres, aircrafts, cabin interiors, electronics, tools and support technologies, structures, material and production, among others.  The aviation maintenance sector has also grown in importance.

Leading Sub-Sectors
Aero Systems
Maritime Systems
Land Systems
Maintenace, Repair and Operations
Defense Electronics
Aerial Firefighting
There are opportunities arising as the aerospace and defense cluster solidify, as well as result of the integrated management system within the Portuguese Armed Forces and Ministry of Defense. In terms of the civil defense, the United States is highly regarded as a supplier of security products and services of excellence.
Portuguese companies often seek technology that may add value to the projects they aim at delivering in Portugal and abroad.  They are often pro-active in reaching out to U.S. suppliers with specific requests for quotes.
There are a wide range of areas related safety and security that can be explored by U.S. suppliers such as electronic surveillance, traffic control radars, amongst other solutions related with specific projects being carried out by the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Portuguese Civil Protection Authority.
AED Days 2019 (Lisbon Portugal - October 28-30, 2019):
Web Resources
APSEI - Associação Portuguesa de Segurança Electrónica e de Protecção Incêndio:
Portuguese National Civil Protection :
Portuguese Ministry of Defense:
Portuguese Ministry of Internal Affairs:

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