DRS Technologies To Pursue U.S. Customs and Border Protection Integrated Fixed
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 11, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DRS Technologies has announced
its intention to pursue the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) program to provide border security technology
along the southwest border of the United States.
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DRS is a world leader in sensor, network computing, and Command, Control and
Communications technology, the central elements of detection, tracking,
identification and classification systems for border security.
The company has extensive experience designing, developing and operating
state-of-the-art border security systems along two of the most dynamic
frontiers of the Middle East region. It has designed, integrated, installed
and supports operational systems in Egypt and Jordan, including sections
around the world where major refugee crises are currently underway.
"DRS is very proud of our contributions to border security in some of the most
demanding and cluttered environments in the world," said Richard Danforth,
President of DRS Integrated Defense Systems and Services. "Customers know that
the high technology behind systems to support border security is complex and
they need assurances that a company can deliver what they propose. DRS brings
proven, fielded technology in every aspect of border security that is
immediately available today."
DRS has more than 20 years of proven operational experience, much of it in the
most difficult and cluttered border environments in the world. It develops and
integrates technology to detect, track and classify human beings on foot or in
vehicles in both land and maritime environments, allowing operators to observe
people crossing borders using fixed and mobile systems that connect the images
to leadership through a secure network.
DRS is an established leader in sensor and network computing technology for
customers ranging from the U.S. Army and Special Forces to critical
infrastructure protection systems at airports and rail yards. It is a widely
respected and broadly used developer and manufacturer of electro-optic,
infrared and radar systems, with a unique capability to integrate the sensors
into state-of-the-art command and control networks. DRS maintains an open
architecture built on open standards to facilitate flexible technology
"The CBP can trust that the common operating picture they will receive using
DRS technology will provide situational awareness at all levels of the
organization and is based on proven capabilities designed by our engineers and
extensively tested in harsh, real-world environments," said James Hynes,
Executive Director of DHS and Force Protection Programs for DRS.
DRS was awarded the program in Jordan in 2008, its systems went active in 2009
and have been providing round-the-clock operations ever since. In 2011, the
company was awarded a follow-on contract to expand the area of coverage in
The CBP IFT program requires an integrated set of more than 50 fixed towers
with sensor systems to provide situational analysis for six Command and
Control centers initially deployed along the Arizona border.
Danforth said that DRS looks forward to the critical operational test of its
IFT technology to be conducted in conjunction with the University of Arizona
in Tucson as part of the competitive evaluation. The university was selected
as a DRS partner because of its own capabilities and the proximity to the
actual operational environment where a number of the towers will be
constructed and operated, according to DRS.
DRS Technologies Inc. is a leading supplier of integrated products, services
and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors
worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA
(FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide. For more
information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at
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