The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has deployed its P-3AM Orion aircraft to support the search of the Argentine Navy submarine, ARA San Juan, missing since Nov. 15.
The aircraft, assigned to the Orungan Squadron, based in Salvador (BA), has conducted its first search on Nov. 21, according to the FAB statement.
The four-engine plane long-range maritime patrol aircraft was waiting in Porto Alegre (RS) for search engagements and took off at 8 pm directly to the area designated by the Argentine Navy, carrying out eight hours of operation.
The data collected by the P-3AM crew are under analysis and the aircraft was deployed again on Nov. 22, with the takeoff occurred at 9 pm from Mar del Plata.
Each mission is involving 19 military personnel aboard the aircraft.
The P-3AM has one of the most modern systems for radar identification and has the Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) mechanism , which complements the information of the maritime traffic, providing clear images even at night.
The FAB has also deployed the SC-105 Amazonas (EADS CASA C-295) aircraft for the search of the missing submarine.
Brazilian Air Force (FAB)