Israeli Firm to Help Safeguard U.S. Borders


us-borderIsrael’s Elbit Systems has won a $145 million contract for border-surveillance technology, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Friday. The program may eventually reach $1 billion if Congress funds the project’s expansion in the Southwest.

“It is odd to go offshore for this work, but in extraordinary circumstances, one really wants to employ the best,” said Mark Amtower, a partner at Amtower & Co., a government contracting consulting firm.

A company with a track record of doing this work in Israel is “liable to be much further advanced in this particular arena,” Amtower said.

The Homeland Security contract calls for surveillance equipment, such as radars and cameras, mounted on fixed towers to help agents detect and track “items of interest” along the border.

{Andy Newscenter}