Brazilian Air Force turns to homemade drones in Embraer deal

The Air Force and Embraer reached an agreement to develop military drones made in Brazil. One private company has beaten the pair to the punch, however

Military Drone
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Brazil’s Air Force has had unmanned aerial vehicles among its fleet for over a decade. Generally used in reconnaissance and surveillance missions, Brazil’s most advanced drone is the Elbit Hermes 900, imported from Israel. It is stationed in the Santa Maria Air Base in Brazil’s South, along with Elbit Hermes 450 and IAI Heron — also from Israel — forming the so-called “Horus Squadron,” created in 2011. Ten years after the project was deployed, the Brazilian Air Force now plans to incorporate its first domestic-made drones — signing a memorandum of understanding with Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer...

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