FORT WORTH, Texas, March 10 (UPI) -- A tower-mounted sensor system from Elbit Systems of America LLC is to be installed along the U.S.-Mexico border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The company, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of Israel, said it is supplying its Peregrine system to the CPB under a $145 million firm-fixed-price contract.
Peregrine detects and assesses items of interest from miles away. It is designed with an open system architecture that allows integration with a variety of sensors to meet current needs and a capability to integrate future technology. Sensors on the tower are integrated through a common operating picture.
Elbit said under an initial phase of a CBP fixed tower program Peregrine will be installed in the area around Nogales, Ariz. Contract options, however, provide for the deployment of the system at other border locations in Arizona during a nine-year period.
"We are privileged to receive this award, which provides Elbit Systems of America an opportunity to bring Elbit's border security capabilities to the southwest border of the United States," said Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America. "Peregrine will meet the demanding mission requirements of the CBP while enhancing its agents' safety.
"We look forward to providing Peregrine to the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and to assist them in making the border secure."