Brazil’s Drone Expansion

More than a decade ago, in December 2010, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) selected AEL Sistemas (controlled by the Israeli group Elbit Systems) to provide two RQ-450 Hermes unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The aircraft had actually taken to Brazilian skies a year earlier, in December 2009, when a demonstrator arrived at Base Aérea de Santa Maria, in the Rio Grande do Sul state.

Brazilian RQ-900 [João Paulo Moralez]
Close-up view of Brazilian Air Force RQ-900 drone, serial number FAB 7810, a sophisticated UAS for surveillance, that ca n fly above 30,000ft. João Paulo Moralez

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