Date
25 September 2017
Elbit Hermes 900 drones will patrol the skies of Brazil during the World Cup matches. Photo: Shutterstock.com
Elbit Hermes 900 drones will patrol the skies of Brazil during the World Cup matches. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Drones to patrol Brazilian skies during World Cup

Security is a big concern at any major sporting event. That’s why Brazil’s Air Force has purchased two new US$12 million drones from Israel, to patrol the skies during the FIFA World Cup, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Manufactured by Elbit Systems, the drones are expected to provide crowd surveillance above Brazil’s soccer stadiums during the matches.

“The intelligence-gathering electronic and optics technologies of Elbit and our Brazilian partners are perfectly suited for the homeland security challenges at these events,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis was quoted as saying.

The drones are among a raft of security measures being brought in, including thermal cameras, German tanks and stadium fly-overs by Air Force fighter jets and helicopters kitted out with surveillance equipment including high-resolution, night-vision and thermal cameras.

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