Brazil and Venezuela cooperate in strategy to control illegal flights

In an effort to reduce and eliminate illegal flights associated with drug trafficking, the Air Forces of Brazil and Venezuela have teamed up to practice joint air exercises. These exercises occur in the airspace between Santa Elena de Uairén (Venezuela) and Boa Vista (Brazil). Both countries plan to develop methods to better share radar control data through telecommunication activities and equipment such as satellites, Aeronoticias reports. They have also refined measures for detecting and intercepting air traffic in the region. 11 aircrafts from Venezuela were used in the air exercises, as well as ten from Brazil, with the participation of over 200 soldiers.The Defense Ministers of both countries, Celso Amorim (Bazil) and Henry Rangel (Venezuela) had met in January of 2012 for bilateral discussions concerning security and defense issues in both areas. Read Article

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