Israel will be making it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the premiere soccer event worldwide. But they won't be playing in the tournament. Israel's role is far more important than merely sport.
A fleet of drones manufactured by an Israeli firm will be manning the skies during the event. The Brazilian Air Force will be deploying Elbit’s Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft system in order to assist in the security at the 2014 World Cup, the Israeli defense firm announced on Wednesday, March 25.
The Alternative Information Center (AIC) has reported that the drone being used will be equipped with a new, advanced intelligence-gathering system. the fleet will fly together with Elbit-produced Hermes 450 drones, which the Brazilian Air Force has purchased in the past.
The fleet of drones will carry out “safety and security missions,” Elbit Systems said in a statement, which added that, adding that the Hermes 900 will arrive in Brazil within the next two months.
“We are very proud to supply our Hermes 900 to FAB [the Portuguese acronym for the Brazilian Air Force], which is the eighth customer to be equipped with this leading platform,” Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit Systems’ UAS Division, role Jewish Business News.
“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,” he added.
The drone Hermes 900 is a platform that is autonomously operated and therefore can take off and land automatically. It can also be controlled with other drones from one single ground control station, Elbit Systems said in a statement. In addition, It beams back imagery and deploys a range of communications systems.
AIC reported that the "drone can reach an altitude of 30,000 feet and is in service with the Israel Air Force, and can carry a heavy payload."
Elbit has been active in the Brazilian security market for almost two decades, it has been reported. The company maintains subsidiary companies in the country that service platforms for the Brazilian military.
In addition to major sporting events, Brazilian Air Force has used the Hermes 450 for continuous border intelligence missions aimed at disrupting cross-border drug smuggling.
The Jewish Week has reported on the possibility of an Israeli team in the game itself. Apparently, if the world soccer's governing body, FIFA, supported the recent suggestions by of two U.S. senators "to suspend Russia from the World Cup in Brazil as punishment for its takeover of Crimea, and give its place to Israel, which trailed Russia and Portugal in its qualifying group."