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Portuguese Army upgrades its special operations forces

23 January 2019

The Portuguese Army is working to increase the capabilities of its special operations force, the Força de Operações Especiais (FOE), via its so-called PIFOE (Plano de Implementação da Força de Operações Especiais) programme that covers doctrine, infrastructure, materiel, personnel, training, and organisation.

The FOE is part of the Special Operations Forces Center (CTOE), which is part of the army’s Rapid Reaction Brigade (BrigRR).

The 249-personnel FOE comprises staff and six special operations task units (SOLTUs – each with 16 personnel) and a command and support company (comprising signal, medical, sniper, and support platoons as well as technical exploitation operation, joint terminal attack controllers, and unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] squads).

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