Just wanted to make an update on my country - Portugal - and the latest news I have about that. Let's talk about that:
Replacement of the EC635 - Until now not any further news, Westland Lynx could be one of the contenders but we have US manufacturers like Bell and Sikorsky.
Army Transport Helicopter - It's already going on the purchase of 10 NH-90 for the Portuguese Army. Portugal is now a full NATO member in this program and the conclusion of this program will end by 2010.
Air Force SAR Helicopter - It as been already confirmed the purchase of 12 EH101 Merlin. 4 of them will be exclusif for SAR missions, 6 will have a dual mission SAR/Combat and finnally 2 will be used in fishing fiscalization and their purchase is supported by EU.
C-212 Aviocar replacement - Portugal was the first foreign air force to order this truly great "workhorse". Portuguese Air Force have 22 of them flying with great safety results for about 25 years, now it's time to replace them, contenders will be CASA ( again of course.... ) and Alenia. Personal feeling is that the Portugal will keep working with CASA, the C-212 was a truly winner in Portugal Air Force hands, and of course we have a very good and close relation with Spain and their aviation!
A400M for Portugal - Things seems to get clear now, the C-130J Super Hercules is cheapper and with a better delivery schedule than the A400M, Portugal will need to wait at leat 6 more years until we see any of those flying..... and the C-130H's are getting quite old, already 25 years old, except a latter order that is already 10 years old!
That's all about tiny little Portugal but with a lot of potencial present!
CV990, the Maserati of the skies!