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11 Sep 2011 By ANDREW CHUTER DefenseNews


Embraer has increased its hold in the Brazilian defense sector by taking a 25 percent stake in AEL, the Elbit Systems local operation as part of a deal for the two companies to collaborate on development of unmanned systems.


The defense and security arm of Embraer announced earlier this year it would acquire a share in AEL along with partnering in the development and production of unmanned air systems.


To date, though, it has not revealed the size of the stake. That changed late last week when Embraer announced it had formalized its tie-up with the Israeli company to set up an unmanned air systems development and manufacturing operation known as Harpia Sistemas.


Embaer Defense and Security will take a 51 percent stake in Harpia, with AEL taking the remainder. In the second part of the tie-up, Embraer has acquired a 25 percent stake in its unmanned air systems partner.


Based in Porto Alegre, AEL has been a significant supplier of avionics and other equipment for the Brazilian military going back more than 20 years. Deals have included equipment for the Super Tucano trainer and light attack aircraft and a modernization of the air force's F-5M fighters.


AEl is also a supplier of systems to the new KC-390 airlifter and tanker now under development by Embraer.


The Brazilian company announced Sept. 8 that AEL was selected to supply the aircraft's mission computer. Embraer also said late last week it chose wing-mounted aerial refueling pods by British company Cobham and the Gabbiano T-20 tactical radar from Selex Galileo of Italy.

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