The Brazilian Air Force will operate the new Hermes 900 to protect 2014 World Cup games.
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Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova was built to serve as one of the playing venues of the 2014 World Cup
The Hermes 900, which will be equipped with a new and advanced intelligence gathering system considered as a breakthrough operational solution, will be operated by FAB in combined missions with the Hermes 450 fleet, already in operational use. Both UAS will carry safety and security missions in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Games. The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, and the Hermes 900 will be supplied within two months.
Elad Aharonson, General Manager – Elbit Systems UAS Division, commented that Brazilian Air Force is the eighth customer to be equipped with this leading platform.
Hermes 900, already in service with the Israeli Air Force and additional world leading armed forces, offers longer endurance, flight altitude of 30, 000 ft. and a large payload capacity, suitable for carrying a wide range of payloads as well as capabilities to operate in adverse weather. The UAS is highly autonomous, enabling automatic takeoff and landing and includes advanced avionics and electronic systems. The system allows for joint flight missions with the Hermes 450, controlled and operated from the same universal ground control station, transmitting the gathered imagery, while using various communications systems.
Elbit Systems subsidiary in Brazil, AEL SYSTEMAS S.A. will supply FAB with technical and engineering support as well as logistic and maintenance services. The Porto Alegre based company has approximately 200 employees and is involved in many Brazilian defense projects, both for FAB and for the Brazilian Army, in the areas of platform upgrades and logistic and technical support.