The Brazilian Air Force is to send 5,000 additional personnel to strengthen security for Rio+20
31/05/2012 05:10 - Portal Brasil
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will send 5,000 additional military personnel to ensure security during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The information was disclosed today (May 29) in a statement by the Ministry of Defense.
Added to the 15,000 armed forces personnel and police who will be allocated to the event, the security contingent for Rio+20 will total 20,000. Air Force personnel will be in used in the control of airports at Galeão, on Ilha do Governador, Afonsos in Marechal Hermes, and Santa Cruz in the west of Rio de Janeiro.
Air traffic will be monitored by the Center for Management of Air Navigation (CGNA), located next to Santos Dumont Airport. Control of all aircraft landing and takeoff during Rio+20 will be undertaken by CGNA.
If there is an air attack or unauthorized aircraft entry in restricted air space, F-5 M or Super Tucano fighters will be scrambled immediately, but the decision to bring down an aircraft can only be taken by President Rousseff.
According to the Ministry of Defense the total cost of the security operation for the conference is R$ 132.8 million, of which R$ 90 million is the cost of the Armed Forces.