Border securityTwo companies offer tower-based border security systems

Published 13 July 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems and EADS North America have joined forces to develop border protection and security systems which exploit the both companies’ strength; the team offers tower-based, integrated radar and sensor systems for an “always-on, ever-aware” picture of human activity in and around national borders

General Dynamics C4 Systems and EADS North America have joined forces to develop cost-effective border protection and security systems which, the two companies say, exploit the command, control, and communications expertise of General Dynamics and the border security solutions and radar and sensor capabilities of EADS. The combined experience from both companies includes the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) program currently under evaluation by DHS.

EADS is a proven global leader in the development and delivery of integrated border security systems that today are protecting nations in some of the most challenging parts of the world,” said Sean O’Keefe, chairman and chief executive officer of EADS North America. “Along with our partners at General Dynamics, our SPEXER™ radar and detection systems integration experience will help provide a proven, reliable and cost-effective solution for customers like the Department of Homeland Security.”

“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. 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,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

“As the General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 system has delivered life-saving capabilities to the U.S. Coast Guard through its network of integrated towers and command systems, I believe the General Dynamics-EADS team is poised to deliver the best, most cost-effective border security solution for the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who are responsible for keeping the nation’s borders secure and its citizens safe,” Marzilli said.