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Israel defense supplier to establish an aerospace research hub in south Brazil

Thursday, May 2nd 2013 - 07:23 UTC
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Rio Grande do Sul Governor Tarso Genro met with Elbit Systems chief officials in Haifa Rio Grande do Sul Governor Tarso Genro met with Elbit Systems chief officials in Haifa

Israeli defense giant Elbit Systems Ltd. plans to create a hub of aerospace research in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, company officials said.

The hub is to be the first of its kind in Latin America “and will permit Brazil to achieve self-sufficiency in the sector”, according to an executive with Elbit Brazilian subsidiary AEL Sistemas.

The creation of the tech center is part of a memorandum of understanding signed this week in the Israeli city of Haifa by Rio Grande do Sul Gov. Tarso Genro and AEL executives.

The project will involve universities, government research institutes and private companies in the state.

Rio Grande do Sul's government will boost investment in its Ceitec and Cientec institutes to provide skilled workers and infrastructure support for the initiative.

The hub's first major project will be the design and construction of a small satellite, AEL said.

Governor Genro is leading representatives of business and academia on an economic development mission to Israel and Palestine.

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  • ChrisR

    Oh dear!

    TMBOA will be VERY upset about this.

    May 02nd, 2013 - 06:33 pm 0
  • Stevie

    Darn, that's way too close to our Little nation

    And yes Anglolatino, I know you don't believe that I'm Uruguayan, but I really, really don't care what you believe or stop believing.



    May 02nd, 2013 - 10:22 pm 0
  • Anglotino


    As someone that actually lives in Uruguay, do you think this is too close to your little nation? So close it might benefit from it?

    Can't see much employment, investment or technology transfer coming from the area directly west of Uruguay at the moment.


    Who said you had to believe me?

    They were your own words. Sort of silly if I have to make you believe your OWN words.

    You are the ONLY person that doesn't need to believe me.
    You are the ONLY person I am NOT trying to convince.

    But keep it up. All these posts will make wonderful quotes sometime in the future.

    You really are missing the whole point.

    May 03rd, 2013 - 01:13 pm 0
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