Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has set up a joint company with the Brazilian arm of Israeli weapons maker Elbit Systems to make unmanned aircraft, according to a company statement Thursday.
Embraer will control 51% of Harpia Sistemas, while Elbit subsidiary AEL Sistemas will hold 49%.
Harpia "will be an important instrument to respond to the necessities of the armed forces and security," said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president of Embraer Defesa e Seguranca.
Embraer last December announced the creation of a defense business unit that will develop security and communications systems.
The company is the third-largest aircraft manufacturer in the world after Boeing and Airbus. In 2010, Embraer sold 101 commercial aircraft and 145 executive jets.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011