General Dynamics, EADS Partner for DHS Border Protection (7/13/12)
General Dynamics C4 Systems and EADS North America joined to deliver border protection and security systems that leverage the command, control and communications expertise of General Dynamics and the border security solutions and radar and sensor capabilities of EADS. The partnership will provide border protection and security systems including the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) program under evaluation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“This long-term partnership between General Dynamics and EADS will deliver a system that is based on operationally proven capabilities that will become an effective force multiplier for the U.S. Border Patrol,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “In addition to greater situational awareness overall, border patrol agents will also have the critical tools needed to rapidly detect, identify and respond to potential threats at the nation’s borders.”
Cassidian has installed more than 1,000 sensors on its border surveillance towers and has demonstrated the ability to upgrade them quickly with minimal software adjustments. The company has trained more than 10,000 agents to operate its user interface.?? The General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 system is the U.S. Coast Guard’s tower-based command-and-control system for maritime search-and-rescue operations. Rescue 21 comprises 245 towers and associated command centers that monitor more than 41,800 miles of shoreline that include the Great Lakes, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico.
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