Elbit Systems’ IFT system in Douglas passes US CBP test

An Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) border security system in Douglas, Arizona, developed by technology services provider Elbit Systems of America, has passed US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) systems acceptance testing.

The tower, which was readied after months of construction and integration, is used to detect, track, identify, and classify border activity.

Earlier, the company deployed its first IFT system in the Nogales, Arizona, Area of Responsibility (AOR).

Elbit Systems of America CEO and president Raanan Horowitz said: "We achieved this important milestone by working closely with CBP and understanding their agents' needs.

"Border Patrol agents rely on our homeland security solutions to provide situational awareness and enhanced safety."

The sensor towers will be equipped with radar, day/night cameras, and command and control software by Elbit Systems in its capacity as the system integrator of the IFT.

They enable operators to have a single operating picture.

Data from all the towers will reach Border Patrol Station command and control centres through a network, thereby ensuring improved situational awareness for border patrol agents.

The IFT’s contractor logistics support provides round the clock surveillance coverage to CBP.

In addition, it provides a platform to integrate existing and future sensors to assist in CBP’s border protection measures.

Elbit Systems of America is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, which operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics and other segments.