Brazil has reportedly decided to buy two Hermes 450 drones and a ground station from Porto Alegre-based Aeroeletronica. Aeroelectronica is the Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems of Israel.
Israeli arms companies have widely adopted the strategy of local subsidiaries or joint ventures with local companies, to get around import export problems that many countries have from dealing with the Israel, and to make it easier to get government contracts. As an arms trader a large portion of Elbit’s sales are to governments.
In 2009 Haaretz reported that Elbit anticipated future Brazilian government purchases of drones to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Elbit also hopes to bid on contracts for many other projects, including its El-Op camera technology, and traffic management technology.
Defense News reports that Elbit also hope to sell the Brazilians security technology, developed from Israel’s ‘border security and counter-terrorism’ experience. (In other words, Israel hopes to profit from its experience maintaining the occupation of the West Bank and Palestine).