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To permanently monitor the border area with Mexico, the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) announced on Wednesday the installation of an aerostat that will allow permanent surveillance of the area.

The Aerostat of the Persistent Terrain Surveillance System was installed in Nogales, Arizona, one and a half kilometers from the Mexican border line; It measures 22 meters long, is filled with helium and is anchored by a cable to a platform that weighs almost seven tons.

It will be operated by Border Patrol agents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system includes day and night surveillance cameras that provide images captured from a maximum of 900 meters above the ground.

This is the first aerostat within the area of ​​responsibility of the Tucson Sector, and they also found an additional site for another one in Sasabe, Arizona, which would be installed for this fiscal year.

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An agreement with the Department of Defense allows the Border Patrol to increase the number of aerostats located along the southwest border, and for the remainder of fiscal year 2022, 17 of these systems are scheduled to be deployed in various sectors.

The CBP highlighted that technological equipment such as this has been used successfully in the Rio Grande Valley sector, Texas, since 2013.

In February 2021, Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, stated that CBP would end its balloon surveillance program begun some seven years earlier, citing the cost of the operation as one reason.

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Cuéllar’s announcement referred to the program called Tactical Aerostats and Mobile Towers, or TAS, whose artifacts, equipped with radar and high-resolution cameras and infrared vision, could be deployed at heights of 150 to 1,500 meters.

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