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Aug 9, 2009

Israel Aerospace Industries

Israel Aerospace Industries has demonstrated the capabilities of its Heron unmanned air vehicle for Brazil's federal police, which is eyeing the type for border security missions and other tasks, such as tackling smugglers and drug traffickers, and protecting natural resources. Conducted in late July, the demonstration was staged under challenging and unpredictable weather conditions in Brazil's southern Parana state. "The Heron was the first UAV system in the world to fly in this region," says IAI, which adds that it performed "flawlessly" and met all customer requests. Aug 4, 2009

Saab Aircraft, Thales

South Africa's fleet of Saab Gripen fighters will be equipped with Thales Optronics-produced reconnaissance pods, with first deliveries of the equipment to take place from the middle of next year. UK company Thales Optronics beat competition from Rafael's Reccelite and a system...

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