U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) accepted the latest Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) border security system deployed by Elbit Systems of America, LLC. This IFT system, located in the Sonoita, Arizona, Area of Responsibility (AoR), marks the company’s third successful deployment of the system. Other previous deployments of IFT accepted by CBP were for the Douglas and Nogales, Arizona AoRs.
“Our advanced technologies provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection with trusted border security capabilities,” said Raanan Horowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elbit Systems of America, “America’s Border Patrol agents rely on our operationally proven solutions for greater situational awareness and enhanced safety.”
As the system integrator, Elbit Systems of America furnishes the sensor towers with radar, day/ night cameras, and command and control software that combines data into a single operating picture. Information from all the towers is networked into Border Patrol Station command and control centers, which increases situational awareness for Border Patrol Agents. IFT has proven to be a reliable system and provides CBP with 24/7 surveillance coverage. The system also provides CBP with a platform to integrate existing and future sensors to further improve border protection and agent safety.
On the path to system acceptance, significant milestones must occur. Several months of construction, integration, test activity, and system verification ensure each IFT meets performance requirements. Each system must detect, track, identify, and classify border activity. Elbit Systems of America continues to meet customer performance and schedule requirements, as well as adhering to cost goals for this program.