New Technology Management, Inc. (NTMI) today hailed the first sustained civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to curb illegal activities along Arizona's southern border. The UAV flights will be controlled and monitored by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Border Patrol and are scheduled through the summer of 2004.
Two Hermes 450 UAVs will be used as part of the Arizona Border Control (ABC) Initiative to assist with border surveillance. The UAVs are equipped with electro-optic sensors and communications payloads, which provide around- the-clock images to CBP Border Patrol agents.
Working to support the Thunder Mountain Evaluation Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, NTMI is helping to build and maintain the ground relay systems that transmit and digitally record these images for CBP.
"NTMI is proud to play a role in supporting the Homeland Security mission along our nation's 7,500 miles of U.S. border with Canada and Mexico," said NTMI Founder and President Lurita Doan.
"The successful use of UAVs will make our country safer and allow us to provide an incredible facility to assist in search and rescue missions. This is just the latest deployment of 'smart border' technology by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection."
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San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 29, 2004
The U.S. Army's RQ-5A Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be able to climb faster, operate at higher altitudes, and spend less time being serviced thanks to the integration of a heavy-fuel engine on the air vehicle by Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Hunter prime contractor.
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