CONTRACT NEWS

Customs spends $100M to spot ultralight smugglers

The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $100 million contract to a company to build sensors for spotting drug smugglers flying ultralight aircraft, according to the Wired Dangerroom blog.

Under the contract, SRCTec, a not-for-profit contractor in New York, will provide sensors that can spot small aircraft flying as low as 33 feet off the ground.

The number of smugglers using these small, light planes is growing. In 2011, DHS Customs and Border Protection said it detected 223 flights, double from 2009, the Dangerroom reported.

The ultralight sensor work had been part of the Secure Border Initiative, which was cancelled. DHS is in the process of awarding a contract for a new virtual border fence with Mexico.


Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
 Top 100 Slideshow
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts