Israeli defense manufacturer to supply UAVs to protect 2014 FIFA World Cup

The Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle. Credit: Matthieu Sontag via Wikimedia Commons.

( The Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Israeli company Elbit Systems has been selected by the Brazilian Air Force to carry out safety and security missions during the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Globes reported.

The Hermes 900 will be equipped with a “new and advanced intelligence gathering system” for the Brazilian Air Force. It will operate alongside its predecessor, the Hermes 450, which is already used by the Brazilians.

“We are very proud to supply our Hermes 900 to FAB (the Brazilian Air Force), which is the eighth customer to be equipped with this leading platform,” stated Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems’s UAV Division.

According to Elbit Systems, the Hermes 900 is capable of flying up to 30,000 feet, with a primary mission of reconnaissance, surveillance, and communications relay. 

Elbit Systems said that its Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Systemas SA, would help the Brazilian Air Force with technical and engineering support for the new aircraft. Founded in 1967, Haifa-based Elbit Systems is one of the world’s leading defense electronics manufacturers.

Posted on March 26, 2014 .