Upgrading the military
• Portuguese Defence Minister, Paulo Portas. Photo: João AbreuMiranda/Lusa
• Portas also hopes to purchase two new submarines for the Portuguese navy at a discount price, below the 816,499m euros budgeted by the Military Programme Law. The contract award decision was recently approved by the Council of Ministers and, according to Portas, the submarines will be supplied by the German consortium, HDW. In their latest bid, the German group offered to supply two new submarines equipped with AIP (Air Independent Propulsion) systems for 845.6m euros or 799.2m euros without them. The French competitors bid 949.7m euros and 862.5m euros respectively.