He joined the Air Force in 1979, and in the same year he was assigned a post at OGMA – Portuguese Aeronautical Industry, where he worked for twenty years. As an AF engineer, assigned to lead the newly created Engineering and Programs Division, he participated in several aerospace projects, from the A-7P corsair aircraft, to the Future Large Aircraft (FLA) and other national and EC projects. As NATO employee in NAPMA he was responsible for the area of Communications of the AWACS “Midterm Modernization Programme”
Promoted Major General, he was member of the advisor to the BoD of EMPORDEF, the Portuguese defense industries holding company, supervised by the Ministries of Defense and Finances, responsible for managing State holding firms directly or indirectly involved in defense activities. where from 2012 to 2014 he was COO
Member of the NATO AGARD, of the “Management Team” of EqIMG, and of the BoD of EDIG and AECMA. Under the IV, V, VI and VII EU Framework Programmes he participated as Evaluator and Reviewer of European aeronautical projects in the area of Transport. He was also the Portuguese Head of Delegation in NIAG – “NATO Industrial Advisory Group” between March 2012 and March 2015.