Brazilian Air Force and Federal Police May Use UAVs at Confederations Cup
By Dialogo June 06, 2013
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Federal Police may use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) during two games of the Confederations Cup, between June 15 and June 30, in Brazil. This aircraft would be used during the opening of the competition, in Brasília, and the closing, in Rio de Janeiro, within the scope of the aerial space defense plan established by the federal government.
On May 29, the remote controlled entrance of the airplanes was presented to Defense Minister Celso Amorim, during his visit to the base of São Miguel do Iguaçu, in Parana, on the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This was developed as a result of having used this equipment during Operation Ágata 7, which began on May 18, to combat cross-border crimes.
“This demonstrates that we work with both institutions in harmony and in an integrated manner,” said Minister Amorim. The decision regarding the use of UAVs will be made within the next few days.
The plan consists of moving part of the equipment to the Naval Base in São Pedro da Aldeia, in the state of Rio, and another part to Brasília. As far as Rio de Janeiro, the airplanes may be used to protect authorities and the local aerial space.
The UAVs assisted in locating 3.5 tons of marijuana in the southern border region. The drugs seized by the Military and Police were already being monitored by intelligence information. The information on the location of the drugs allowed to plan the action. Later, the aircraft cameras registered the vessels moving along Itaipu Lake, leading the Brazilian Federal Police to deploy to the location where the boat docked.
This was the first integrated action between the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police, which resulted in the forces’ decision to keep the project on course.
Minister Celso Amorim and general officials visited Foz do Iguaçu to obtain information on the partial results of Operation Ágata 7, performed within the 10,492 miles of Brazilian border with ten South American countries. The Military will be used right before the Confederations Cup, and it is one of the axles of the security plan organized by the Ministry of Defense for the large upcoming events in Brazil.