Portugal has selected Italian contractor Galileo Avionica's APS-717 search and navigation radar for installation aboard the 12 EH.101 utility/search and rescue helicopters it is procuring from the Anglo-Italian AgustaWestland joint venture.

Operating in the I-band (8 to 10 GHz), APS-717 is described as being suitable for both fixed- and rotary-wing applications, and as offering search and rescue, surveillance, navigation and target designation capabilities.

The equipment can be integrated with its host platform's navigation system and a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) sensor. A 32 target track-while-scan facility is a system option. Usually reliable sources suggest that APS-717 variants have been installed aboard Italian Air Force AS-61A-4/HH-3F search and rescue helicopters and G222 transport aircraft together with AB 412HP helicopters of the Italian coast guard service. As currently scheduled, Galileo Avionica will deliver the Portuguese radars during the summer of 2003.