Rio de Janeiro Brazil: police conducting experiment using drones to combat crime in favelas

Posted on September 10, 2012 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime reported that a battalion of Special Forces (BOPE) from the Brazilian city of Rio do Janeiro started using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones to air monitor the drugs trade and gangs in shanty towns surrounding the “marvellous city”. The VANTS (Portuguese for UAV) manufactured by the Brazilian Military Engineering Institute with Israeli technology are being flown currently on an experimental basis over the estimated six hundred ‘favelas’ or shanty towns that ‘hang’ from the ‘morros’ (hills) which surround the city of Rio do Janeiro and its world famous beaches. Read Article

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