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Israeli RQ-450 drones used in Brazil to secure next football Confederations Cup.

The Americas Security News - Israeli drone Hermes 450

The Americas Security News – Israeli drone Hermes 450

FIFA is getting nervous with the status quo of violence in Rio and Sao Paulo. Brazil also worries, and therefore the government started to put into place a task of security measures. The first one is the use of drones to secure the next Confederations Cup in June, where all the champions of all continents will meet. in that sense the Brazilian Air Forcewill use four Israeli-made drones to help provide security during the Confederations Cup in June.

The Brazilian Air Force says the unmanned planes have been acquired to operate within Brazil’s borders and will be used extensively during the World Cup warmup tournament from June 15-30. If everything goes well this Cup, the drones are also expected to help provide security during the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil has had two of the RQ-450 drones manufactured by Israel in operation since 2011. The other two will be ready this month (March 2013).

The two new units have a few improvements from the other two, including better infrared cameras and enhanced communication systems, that will be used during the nights. The air force says it has invested nearly $25 million in the unnmanned aircrafts, plus the field control station.

Designed for tactical reconnaissance missions, surveillance and communications, the drones has an endurance of 20 hours.

Equipped with global positioning system (GPS), this UAV can take off from 260-meter taxiways and due to its composite structure its difficult to be detected by radars.

Brazilian Air Force revealed Monday the  drones will boost border security and safeguard upcoming Confederation Cup in June, and possibly other sport events. The two RQ-450 drones are not equipped with weapons and will be used just for reconnaissance and patrols, they said.Two other RQ-450s have already been in the service of the air force since 2011, including the one deployed during last year’s the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20), which drew leaders from around the globe.

The two aircraft are currently being assembled at a base in Santa Maria in south Brazil, and are expected to be put on active duty this month (March).This year they also will be employed in Operation Agatha, a large-scale operation to be launched by federal police, intelligence services and armed forces to combat weapons and drug trafficking, according to the air force.