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Israel to sell Brazil air force drones

by Staff Writers
Jerusalem (AFP) Jan 19, 2011
Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems said on Wednesday it is to supply the Brazilian air force with unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Hermes 450 drones will be supplied by Elbit's Brazilian subsidiary, Aeroeletronica Ltd.

The deal is part of efforts by the Brazilian air force "to establish independent Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capabilities," the company said.

Elbit did not say how many aircraft are involved or value the deal, saying only that "the contract is not in an amount that is material to Elbit Systems."

CEO Joseph Ackerman said the Hermes, a medium size drone, was in operation with 20 countries.

Israel is the world's largest exporter of drones, selling more than 1,000 to over 40 countries in recent years.

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