Equipment of the Portuguese Army

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This is a list of equipment in service with the Portuguese Army

Light weapons[edit]

Weapon Caliber Origin Notes
Pistols and Submachine Guns
Walther P38 9×19mm  Germany Service pistol
SIG P228 9×19mm  Germany
Heckler & Koch USP9 9×19mm  Germany
Brügger & Thomet MP9 9×19mm   Switzerland
Heckler & Koch MP5K 9×19mm  Germany Also the A5 and the SD6 (since 2003) version is in use
Assault Rifles & Battle Rifles
Heckler & Koch G3 7.62×51mm  Germany /  Portugal Standard issue Battle Rifle, made under license by Fábrica de Braço de Prata as the FBP m/961 (G3) and FBP m/963 (G3A3)
FN SCAR-L 5.56×45mm  Belgium Used as Assault Rifle
FN SCAR-H 7.62×51mm  Belgium Used as Battle Rifle
Heckler & Koch HK416 5.56×45mm Germany Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
Heckler & Koch HK417 7.62×51mm  Germany Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
Heckler & Koch G36 5.56×45mm  Germany Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
Heckler & Koch G28 7.62×51mm Germany Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
IMI Galil 5.56×45mm  Israel ARM variant, Paratroopers standard rifle
SIG SG 543 5.56×45mm   Switzerland
Sniper Rifles & Anti-materiel Rifles
Heckler & Koch MSG-90 7.62×51mm  Germany Sniper rifle
AI AWSF 7.62×51mm  United Kingdom
AI AWSM .338 Lapua Magnum  United Kingdom
AI AW50 .50 BMG  United Kingdom
Barrett M107 .50 BMG United States
Barrett M95 .50 BMG  United States
Barrett M82A1 .50 BMG  United States
Machine Guns
Rheinmetall MG 3 7.62×51mm  Germany
Heckler & Koch HK21 7.62×51mm  Germany /  Portugal Made under license by Fábrica de Braço de Prata as the m/968. General-purpose machine gun
FN Minimi 5.56×45mm  Belgium General-purpose machine gun
Heckler & Koch MG4 5.56×45mm  Germany General-purpose machine gun
FN M3M .50 BMG  Belgium
Browning M2HB .50 BMG  United States
Shotguns
Fabarm STF 12 gauge Italy Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
Mossberg 500 12, 20 gauge  United States
Benelli M3 12, 20 gauge  Italy
Franchi SPAS 15 12 gauge  Italy
Grenade Launchers
Heckler & Koch HK79 40 mm grenade  Germany
FN40GL 40 mm grenade Belgium Can be used on FN SCAR or individually
HK 269 40 mm grenade Germany Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
M203 40 mm grenade  United States
Heckler & Koch AG36 40 mm grenade  Germany Used by Special Operations Troops Centre
ARWEN 37 37 mm grenade  United Kingdom
Milkor MGL 40 mm grenade  South Africa Mk.1 version
Heckler & Koch GMG 40 mm grenade Germany
Mortars
Tampella B 120 mm  Finland/ Portugal Army designation Morteiro Tampella Tipo B m/74
mGrW 82 81 mm  United Kingdom /  Canada
Soltam 60mm 60 mm  Israel
Cardom 120mm  Israel
FBP m/68 60 mm  Portugal Ultra-light mortar (morteirete)
Anti-Tank Weapons
Carl Gustav recoilless rifle 84 mm  Sweden
M72 LAW 66 mm  United States/ Portugal Called m/78
BGM-71 TOW 152 mm  United States 45 Launchers with 216 Missiles
Spike  Israel 20 Spike LR & MR Launchers
MILAN 115 mm  France 755 Missiles 55 Milan+ 700 Milan-2-T

Armoured vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Type Number Photo Notes
Armoured vehicles
Leopard 2A6  Germany Main battle tank 38[1] Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE (22278445438).jpg 28 are in 2 combat squadrons, 3 in the Command and Services Squadron and 1 for training.
m/92  United States/ Portugal Main battle tank 148 CARRO COMBATE M 60 A3.jpg Army designation: Carro de combate 51 ton 105 mm m/92. 14 are in 1 combat squadron. The others are in reserve
M901A1 ITV  United States Armoured vehicle ATGMs-launcher 4 M901-TOW-latrun-2.jpg
M113 Armored Personnel Carrier  United States Armoured personnel carrier 277 Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE (22010429314).jpg 180 M113A1/A2 APC (150 in service), 30 M48A3 Chaparral (25 in service), 47 M577A2 (36 in service as command vehicles and three in service as ambulance vehicles)
Pandur II  Austria /  Portugal Armoured personnel carrier 188 Pandur 8x8 Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier, Trident Juncture 15 (21891748564).jpg Several versions made under license in Portugal by Fabrequipa. Called m/07.
Chaimite  Portugal Armoured personnel carrier 0 (80) 020602-F-EF201-005 A Portuguese Chaimite V200 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) outfitted with a 50 caliber machine gun engages a large rectangular target some two kilometers down range.jpg Army designation: Auto blindado TP 10 4x4 m/67-87. Retired from service
Commando V150  United States Armoured car 15 Cadillac Gage V-150 do Exército português.jpg Called m/89.
Panhard M11  France Armoured car 38[2] VBL RHP Afghanistan.JPG Army designation: Auto blindado ligeiro de combate 4x4 m/89-91.
URO VAMTAC ST5  Spain Armoured car 139 Leased 14 ST3 units prior to 2006, after which they were returned to Spain. Purchased 139 ST5 variant vehicles in October 2018.[13]
HMMWV M1151A1/1152A1  United States Armoured car 37 Portuguese Air Force Hummer and Condor.jpg Army designation: Auto TG 1,25 ton. 3 HMMWV M11151A1/A2 c/B1 D 4x4 m/2009 15 are in service since 2009.Auto Blindado Reconhecimento 1,25 ton. HMMWV M1025A2 4x4 m/2000 22 are in service since 2000
Engineering and recovery vehicles
M88 Recovery Vehicle  United States Armoured recovery vehicle 6 Bundeswehrmuseum Dresden 65.jpg 6 M88A2 are in service since 1978.
Carro Blindado Lança Pontes M60A1 m/1981  United States Armoured vehicle-launched bridge 4 BrLgPz M48 im Bundeswehrmuseum Dresden.jpg 4 are in service since 1981.
Auto Blindado Combate Lagarta Engenharia M728 m/1999  United States Military engineering vehicle 3 M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle woodland from right.jpg 3 M728 are in service since 1998.

Soft skinned vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Type Number Photo Notes
Tactical vehicles
Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ73  Japan 4x4 Army designation: Auto TG 1/4 ton 5 4x4 mA/98
Land Rover Defender 90 TDI  United Kingdom 4x4
Mitsubishi L200  Japan 4x4
Toyota Hilux Japan 4x4 23 Used by RAME
UMM Alter II  Portugal 4x4 Army designation: Auto TG 0,25 ton 7 4x4 mA/89
DAF YA 4440 D  Netherlands 4x4 5 ton truck Army designation: Auto TG 5 ton 19 4x4 mA/84
Iveco 40.10 WM  Italy 4x4 1,5 ton truck Army designation: Auto TG 1,5 ton 11 4x4 mA/89-90
Iveco 90.17 WM  Italy 4x4 4 ton truck Army designation: Auto TG 4 ton 19 4x4 mA/91
Unimog 1300L  Germany 4x4 2 ton truck Army designation: Auto TG 2 ton 9 4x4 mF/79-84
Mercedes-Benz 1217 A  Germany 4x4 5 ton truck Army designation: Auto TG 5 ton 23 4x4 mF/89
Special vehicles
Polaris Sportsman MV850 United States 4x4 The Special Operations Troops Centre (CTOE) of the Portuguese Army's Rapid Reaction Brigade receive seven Sportsman MV850.
Polaris MRZR D2 United States 4x4 The Special Operations Troops Centre (CTOE) of the Portuguese Army's Rapid Reaction Brigade receive two MRZR D2.
Polaris MRZR D4 United States 4x4 The Special Operations Troops Centre (CTOE) of the Portuguese Army's Rapid Reaction Brigade receive four MRZR D4.
Yamaha TDM 900  Germany Motorcycle Used by Army Police (Portugal)
M578  United States Light recovery 29 in service since 1995.

Trucks[edit]

Name Origin Photo Notes
M816 Wrecker United States Also the M49 2AC version is in use
Renault Kerax France
Volvo FH12-380 Sweden Army designation: Camião Tractor 40 ton mF/00
DAF CF85.510 Netherlands Army designation: Camião Tractor 38 ton mF/83
Mercedes-Benz Actros Germany
MAN KAT1 Germany Used to transport Ribon Bridge components

Artillery[edit]

Weapon Caliber Origin Notes
Field artillery
L118 Light Gun 105mm  United Kingdom Howitzer. 21 in service
OTO Melara Mod 56 105mm  Italy 24 in service since 1979 to 2004. Discontinued and replaced by the Light Gun. Some may be used for no-live fire training.
M101 105mm  United States 52 M101 A1 105 mm/22 in service since 1978 to 1999. Discontinued and replaced by the M109. Some may be used for no-live fire training.
M109A5 155mm  United States Self-propelled howitzer. 18 M109A5 and 6 M109A2 Currently retired from active-service and being used only in training duties.
M114 155mm  United States 40 in service since 1983 in the BrigInt. 12 reactivated to equip the BrigInt Field Artillery Battalion.
Anti-aircraft artillery
FIM-92 Stinger N/A  United States 30 in service since 1994 in the BrigInt.
M48A2E1 Chaparral N/A  United States Self-propelled surface-to-air missile system. 30 in service in the A2 and 4 in the A3 versions.
Rheinmetall Rh-202 20mm  Germany 30 in service since 1981.
M163 Vulcan 20mm  United States Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun. 36 ex-USA M163 Vulcan SPAAG in service

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)[edit]

Name Origin Photo Notes
Tekever AR4 Portugal The Surveillance Systems Company (CSV) of the Portuguese Army ISTAR Battalion (AgrISTAR) is equipped with two Tekever Autonomous Systems AR4.
AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven United States
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Edwin Williams, an instructor with the 218th Leadership Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, launches an RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial system at McCrady Training Center, Eastover 131121-Z-ID851-264.jpg
Twelve systems or 36 aircraft (together with associated services and equipment) were purchased through the NSPA on 20 August 2018.
Griffon Aerospace MQM-170 Outlaw United States
UAV MQM-171.png
Target drone, operated by RAAA1


Others[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Army Archived 24 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine - armedforces.co.uk, July 29, 2013
  2. ^ [1] Archived 26 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine - Armyrecognition.com, July 29, 2013
  3. ^ "Curso de Operador de Radares de AAA" [AAA Radar Operator Course]. Portuguese Army. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "1st Air Defense Regiment, Portuguese Army Testimonial". Griffin Aerospace. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.