Israel Aerospace Industries demonstrated its Heron unmanned aerial vehicle last week in Brazil for that nation’s federal police.
IAI said the demonstration took place under challenging, unpredictable weather conditions in one of the most difficult areas of Brazil to fly in: the state of Parana, and the region of San Miguel de Iguacu.
The Heron UAV in flight in Brazil (photo courtesy Israel Aerospace Industries)
It was the first UAV system ever to fly in this region of southern Brazil. IAI said the UAV performed “flawlessly” and was Heron was easily integrated into the bust demonstration airspace, fully coordinated with local air traffic control.
About two years ago, Brazil began looking into UAVs for border security and the fights against smuggling, natural resource theft and drug trafficking.
Following a series of tests, the Brazilian team decided that IAI's Heron UAV was best suited to its needs including relaying data and intelligence in real time, carrying a number of sensors simultaneously, employing satellite communications and automatic takeoff and landing.
Several ministers of the Brazilian government and Brazilian armed forces officials attended the demo along with military and civilian representatives from other Latin American nations.
IAI recently founded a joint venture with the Brazilian corporation Synergy Group, EAE, which will be active in the Brazilian market as well as other potential Latin American markets.
This joint company will provide an opportunity to expand the Brazilian technological base, will act as a hub for technology and expertise, and will provide maintenance and customer support services for IAI's various systems in use in Latin America.
There have been several successful demonstrations of the Heron UAV's capabilities, the last of which took place in El Salvador with the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
In that demonstration, the UAV's capabilities in maritime patrol were proven under very difficult weather conditions, including strong winds, heavy cloud cover, and rain, IAI said.
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