Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Lisbon
Includes the archipelago of the Azores
Includes the archipelago of Madeira

NATO member nation.

Recent Historical
Portuguese Colonial War- The Portuguese fought a dirty colonial war in its former African colonies. Portugal at one time controlled Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, East Timor, Macau,

Attempted assimilation program of native peoples in former Portuguese colonies in Africa.
The Portuguese called these assimilated people "Assimilados"

Air Force
Forca Aerea Portuguesa (FAP)
7,500 military personnel 
1,000 civilian personnel

F-16 fighter aircraft (36)

Alpha Jet trainer/light attack aircraft (15 or less)

C-130 transport aircraft (6)

CASA C-295 used for maritime patrol (5)

P-3 Orion used for maritime patrol (5)
Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft used for VIP transport (1)
Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft used for VIP transport (2)
DHC-1 Chipmunk trainer aircraft (6)

Epsilon TB-30 trainer aircraft (18)
Fournier RF-10 glider trainer (4)
Schleicher ASK 21 glider trainer (4)
LET L-23 Super Blanik glider trainer (3)
AW101 helicopters (12)

Alouette III helicopters (10)

A-7 Corsair II (retired)
G.91R Italian made fighter/bombers (retired)

Navy (Marinha Portuguesa)
Frigates (5)

Corvettes (7)

Patrol boats (17)

Submarines (2)

Landing Craft (1)

Survey ships (4)
Auxiliary ships

Super Lynx helicopters (5)

Harpoon anti-ship missiles

Lisbon Naval Base

Fuzileiros Navais
Naval Infantry
Navy blue berets

LARC-V amphibious vehicles

Army (Exercito Portugues)
24,000 personnel

Leopard 2A6 tanks (37)

M60A3 tanks (96)
Pandur II armored personnel carriers

M113 armored personnel carriers

M901A1 ITV armored vehicles with antitank missiles

Chaimite armored personnel carriers (Portuguese made)

Commando V150 armored vehicles
Panhard VBL armored vehicles

HMMWV utility vehicles

TOW anti-tank guided missiles

Milan anti-tank guided missiles

Carl Gustav M2 anti-tank rocket launcher
M72 LAW light anti-tank rocket launcher

120mm mortars
81mm mortars
60mm mortars

Small Arms
Barrett M82Al ,50 cal sniper rifle
Barrett M95 bolt action .50 cal sniper rifle
Browning M2HB .50 cal heavy machine guns
MG3 machine guns
FN Minimi machine guns
HK G3 assault rifles
HK G36 assault rifles
Galil assault rifles (used by paratroops)
HK MP-5 sub-machine guns
Uzi sub-machine guns
Franchi SPAS 15 shotguns
Glock 17 pistols

AN/PVS-5B Night Vision Goggles (NVG)

M109 155mm self propelled howitzers
M119 105mm light guns
L118 105mm light guns

Air Defense
M-48 Chaparral surface-to-air missile system
Stinger surface-to-air missiles

Rheinmetall Rh-202 twin 20mm anti-aircraft guns
Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft guns
M163 Vulcan 20mm anti-aircraft guns (36)

AN/PPS-5B ground surveillance radar
AN/MPQ-49B forward area alerting radar

Green berets
Galil rifles

Red berets
G3 rifles

Special Forces
Centro de Tropas de Operacoes Especiais (CTOE)- Special Operations Troop Center
The CTOE includes a Ranger detachment called the (DOE) or Special Operations Detachment
MG3 machine guns
MG4 machine guns
FN Minimi machine guns
Barrett M82A1 sniper/anti-material rifles
Barrett M95 sniper/anti-material rifles
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare sniper rifles
HK 21 machine guns
G3 assault rifles
G36 assault rifles
SIG SG 543 rifles
Uzi sub-machine guns
MP5D sub-machine guns

Mechanized units
Brown berets

Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR)
Republican National Guard
Gendarmerie of Portugal
Approximately 26,000 personnel
Territorial units
Provide law enforcement in rural areas and small towns.

Unidade de Intervencao (UI)- Intervention Unit
Part of the GNR

Grupo de Intervencao de Proteccao e Socorro (GIPS)
Part of the GNR

Unidade de Controlo Costeiro (UCC)-Coastal Control Unit
Part of the GNR

Unidade de Acao Fiscal (UAF)-Fiscal Action Unit
Part of the GNR

Unidade Nacional de Transito (UNT)-National Transit Unit
Part of the GNR

Policia Seguranca Publica (PSP)
Public Security Police 
Civilian police force
Operate in large cities and urbanized areas.

Grupo de Operacoes Especiais (GOE)
SWAT like unit belonging to the PSP


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