Elbit Systems’ Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas SA, has been awarded a contract to supply additional HermesTM 900 UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira “FAB”).
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Over the past decade, the FAB has been operating a mixed fleet of Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 UAS to perform a range of missions including Homeland Security and deforestation monitoring operations in the Amazons.
The follow-on contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed over a period of 16 months, which will see the company supply its Hermes 900 UAS and spare parts.
The Hermes 900 UAS has been selected to date by 12 countries, attesting to its technological sophistication, reliability, open architecture and a solid growth path.
According to Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace, the follow-on contract has bolstered the company's role as an integral part of the FAB UAS fleet's growth roadmap.
"We are pleased by the growing customer base of the Hermes family of UAS users around the globe," Shmuely said.
The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Air Brigade Lieutenant Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior added that the systems are of great importance for Brazil.
"The contract demonstrates the priority we are giving to these systems, which have proven to be very important not only for the defence of Brazil, but for actions to combat transnational crimes, illegal mining, fire control and deforestation," Air Brigade Lieutenant de Almeida Baptista Junior said.