Brazil Gets Drones from Israel to Fight Crime in Preparation for Olympics

Israel drone Heron UAV In preparation for the World Cup and the Olympics, that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has signed a US$ 350 million contract with Israel Aerospace Industries this week to get drones to the Brazilian police – the largest such deal ever between Israel and Brazil.

The contract was signed during President Shimon Peres' state visit to Brazil, but negotiations began months ago.

The deal will be implemented in several phases. The first, which will be completed within a year, will include the transfer of three unmanned aerial vehicles along with accompanying equipment, including a base station and control and inspection systems. The second phase allows Brazil to purchase 11 additional drones.

The drones in question are the latest model developed by IAI, and have been sold to other countries as well. However, this will be the model's first use by a police force.

Brazil intends to use the drones to monitor its borders, which are approximately 17,000 kilometers long, and to prevent arms smuggling. The drones will also increase security in Brazil prior to the World Cup games in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

IAI has stepped up its operations in Brazil over the past year. About six months ago, it established a joint venture with the Synergy Group, whose operations include unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced systems, radar and antimissile systems.

About three months ago, IAI conducted a successful test of its Heron UAV for the Brazilian federal police, for use in missions to fight drug trafficking and the theft of natural resources.

A few weeks ago drug gangs operating in Rio do Janeiro's favelas (shantytowns) managed to shoot down with a short range rocket a police helicopter killing some crew members.

Since then the government has reinforced with several rings of Army units borders with Paraguay and Bolivia, where most of the illegal weapons used by the drug and criminal gangs come from, including military equipment such as heavy machine guns and the short range missiles.

Lula Justifies Iran Leader's Visit

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva justified the scheduled visit of Iran's president in two weeks time and offered to mediate in the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine. Lula rejected criticism over the upcoming visit of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, slated for November 23, standing next to visiting Israeli president Shimon Peres.

"You don't build the necessary peace in the Middle East if you don't talk to all the political and religious forces that both want peace and are opposed to peace", Lula da Silva told journalists during a joint press conference with Shimon Peres in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia.

"We don't have a veto to talk with whoever it is, since from a conversation you can extract a word or a dash from which to build peace, because if not the peace process becomes a club of good friends," argued Lula.

Peres had a weeklong agenda in Brazil, which included meetings with government officials and businessmen. Peres also gave a historic speech in Brazil's Congress about the political, economical and cultural ties between Israel and Brazil.

"I don't want to discuss Iran here on Brazilian soil. But I can't ignore the fact that their government is developing nuclear weapons and wants to destroy Israel," Peres said.

The first Israeli president to visit Brazil in 40 years, Peres was granted the title of honorary citizen of Brasí­lia.

Peres next stop is Argentina where no Israeli head of state has set foot in twenty years.



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  • VinnyCarioca

    Yes, my dear fellow, I will bite at the bait you have carefully set to continue my debate with DnB.

    [quote]Brazilian president Luiz InÀƒ¡cio Lula da Silva justified the scheduled visit of Iran’s president in two weeks time and offered to mediate in the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine. [/quote]
    Very arduous task considering the Hamas Charter I eluded to a few threads back. Just to review, let’s take another look:

    The principles of the Hamas are stated in their Covenant or Charter, given in full below. Following are highlights.

    “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

    “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. “

    “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

    One of the most ominous aspects of the Charter however, is this Hadith:

    Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

    “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

    [quote]BUT…BUT…, DnB has a point there when he said:

    The U.S Great Britain and some nomadic shieks started this mess with the palestinians over oil exploration. They have used religion as a front. And now it is coming back to haunt them.[/quote]
    He has a great point which I am not disputing..but…the U.N. Partition Plan will not be undone and Israel will continue to exist….my point. Another point I was trying to make is that although the scriptures and historical facts DnB provided were accurate, the ideology we are all facing today does not care if you support them or not. Let’s review what what that ideology has in store for we infidels:

    # In a sermon aired on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa television, cleric Yunis Al Astal stated, “Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam.

    “I believe that our children, or our grandchildren, will inherit our jihad and our sacrifices, and, Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them”

    He maintained that Rome would become, “”an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe.

    [quote]”I don’t want to discuss Iran here on Brazilian soil. But I can’t ignore the fact that their government is developing nuclear weapons and wants to destroy Israel,” Peres said. [/quote]
    I have read articles in the past where the MODERATE Ramshandani clearly stated that when Iran possesses a nuclear weapon, it will be immediately used against Israel.

    [quote]Peres next stop is Argentina where no Israeli head of state has set foot in twenty years. [/quote]
    No Israeli head of state has never been there but Hezbollah (Iran) has…in so far as killing dozens in a Buenos Aires bombing.

  • João da Silva


    [quote]The first Israeli president to visit Brazil in 40 years, Peres was granted the title of honorary citizen of BrasÀƒ­lia. [/quote]

    Besides selling UMVs worth $350 Millions, Simon Peres became an honorary citizen of Brasilia. Now we will buy Persian carpets worth the same amount from Ahmadinejad and confer the title of honorary citizen of SÀƒ£o Paulo. 😀

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