By Arie Egozi
Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Israeli company Elbit Systems was awarded an approximately US$26 million contract from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to install an Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) system in the US Border Patrol Casa Grande Area of Responsibility (AoR) in Arizona.
The project will be performed over a one-year period. To date, Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a number of contracts from CBP to install IFT systems in numerous AoR’s covering a total of approximately 200 miles of the Arizona–Mexico border.
The IFT system comprises a command and control center and a networked multi-tower, multi-sensor system that continuously monitors portions of the US southern border. Information from the towers is sent to the command and control center at a Border Patrol Station providing agents with long-range, persistent surveillance and situational awareness that allows them to dispatch an appropriate response. This capability provides greater safety for the agents patrolling the border in the Casa Grande AoR.