Fraser Optics to deliver electro-optic camera systems to US Customs and Border Protection


Fraser Optics has been contracted to deliver electro-optic camera systems to the US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO).

The AMO currently employs the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) to facilitate long-range detection of low-altitude aircraft at the radar's maximum range.

The TARS is capable of detecting and tracking suspicious air traffic along the southwest border, including ultralight and short landing aircraft threats.

Additionally, AMO uses TARS capability to interdict transnational criminal organisations engaged in illicit smuggling of narcotics and people.

AMO TARS programme manager Rob Brown said: "TARS is a strategic platform to deploy cost-effective surveillance technologies to confront security challenges at critical border areas – Fraser is a proven partner in delivering needed technology for our mission.

"It is an honour and a privilege to team with US Customs and Border Protection to secure the Southern Border. Our team is committed to putting advanced technology in the hands of those who protect America."

AMO uses advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals in diverse environments within and beyond US borders.

It has 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.

Fraser Optics is involved in the production of stabilised optical technology products for the defence, homeland security, law enforcement, and commercial markets.


Image: The TARS provides long-range detection of low-altitude aircraft at the radar's maximum range. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsfoto/Fraser Optics.