TEL AVIV, March 2 Israeli defence electronics
company Elbit Systems said the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded
its subsidiary a contract to deploy border surveillance
technology in southern Arizona.
Known as the Integrated Fixed Tower contract, it includes a
base period quantity and options that CBP may exercise over
several years. Currently, CBP awarded the base period quantity
for a portion of the $145 million total contract amount, to be
implemented over one year, Elbit said on Sunday.
"Arizonans have been waiting more than a decade for the
Department of Homeland Security to place the needed technology
along our border to support the Border Patrol and fully secure
our southern border," U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona said
in a separate statement.
"If this technology is developed, integrated and fielded
correctly, these Integrated Fixed Towers in southern Arizona,
coupled with the tremendous work of the Border Patrol, will give
our agents the ability to detect, evaluate, and respond to all
illegal entries crossing our border."
(Reporting by Tova Cohen)