Elbit Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Israel) announced on April 13 that its Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A has signed a strategic agreement with Embraer Defesa e Segurança S.A., a subsidiary of Embraer S.A that envisages the evaluation of joint exploration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including the anticipated creation of a jointly owned company with majority participation of Embraer Defesa e Segurança to work in the segment.
Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president of Embraer Defesa e Segurança, stated, " UAS are a reality and a need for solutions on defense and security, and Embraer Defesa e Segurança considers that this agreement intends to strengthen both companies’ ability to offer solutions with an excellent cost-benefit ratio for the Brazilian Government." Aguiar added, "In addition, these vehicles allow for dual-use for monitoring of ports, agricultural, forest, and coastal areas, traffic, etc."
Shlomo Erez, director general of AEL, commented, "This strategic agreement with Embraer marks a significant milestone for AEL, towards the realization of our goal regarding the development of UAS competencies in Brazil. This cooperation with Embraer will leverage new business opportunities and enhance Brazilian know-how in the development and manufacture of unmanned systems, offering latest generation technology in order to meet the specific demands and needs of our country.” He added, "The agreement foresees the evaluation of joint activities in marketing, development, systems integration, manufacturing and support of UAS, as well as in simulators and activities for the modernization of avionics systems, and the anticipated participation of Embraer Defesa e Segurança in the capital of AEL."