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Jordan looks to fast-track networked border security system

Oct. 5, 2009 - 03:45AM   |  
By EVAN SWEETMAN   |   Comments
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The Jordanian government is seeking an accelerated program for the integration of its new border security network.

Alan Dietrich, DRS Technologies president of C3 & Aviation, said during the AUSA 2009 convention that Jordan wants to have a fully integrated system established sooner than the five- to seven-year timeline currently established.

Dietrich could not go into further detail about what Phase 2 will fully entail. Phase 1 of the Jordanian Border Security Program (JBSP) reached initial operating capability in July with 12 fixed towers and four Humvee-towed mobile units. The system also integrates a number of unmanned sensors to fill gaps in terrain where radar can't reach.

Phase 1 integration was awarded to DRS early last year. The system's sensor-agnostic architecture affords the operator the flexibility to deploy the sentries with sensors that communicate with their network.

DRS offers three radar options for its sentry system: Squire (deployed in Jordan), MSTAR and LYRA. The mobile units feature FLIR's Ranger Radar.

Dietrich also said that JBPS has piqued the interest of the Iraqi Department of Interior as a potential solution to its border issues.

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