Brazil will use the Hermes 900 UAV to provide security in the skies above this summer's World Cup soccer tournament. ()
Brazil is purchasing a Hermes 900 UAV from Israeli manufacturer Elbit. The Brazilian Air Force will use the Hermes 900, along with its existing Hermes 450 UAVs, to provide security for the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in June.
The Brazilian Hermes 900 will be "equipped with a new and advanced intelligence gathering system considered as a breakthrough operational solution," according to an Elbit news release. The medium-altitude UAV can fly at up to 30,000 feet and can carry a nearly 800-pound payload. It can be guided from the same ground station that controls the smaller Hermes 450.
"We are honored to enable FAB to benefit from the advantages of joint flight operations, using both the Hermes 450 and the Hermes 900, a unique solution for intelligence missions, border protection, perimeter control of infrastructure and critical sites, as well as Safe City programs and large scale events," said Elbit general manager Elad Aharonson.