Brazil approves Cacador UAV
Following a flight test campaign, Avionics Services' Caçador UAV has received approval from the Brazilian Ministry of Defence as a strategic defence product, the company announced on 27 March.
The Caçador UAV is based on Israel Aerospace Industries' Heron-1 UAV. IAI and Avionics Services have been working on developing the UAS to meet Brazilian requirements for a number of years, with the prototype commencing testing in 2016. It complies with all the regulations and has obtained all the approvals and flight permissions required by the Brazilian government authorities.
The medium-altitude, long-endurance Caçador can fly more than 40 hours at altitudes of up to 30,000ft. With a maximum take-off weight of 1,270kg the aircraft has the ability to carry multiple payloads simultaneously to perform a variety of missions, including border control, environmental monitoring, pollution control, oil and gas industries, precision agriculture and military missions.
The system's communication link can attain a range of 250km line-of-sight; if a broad-band satellite communication channel is used, the Caçador can operate over 1,000km from its command and control station.
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