Law Enforcement DEPLOYS Blimp – Details Released
(FeaturedNews.com) – Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) will deploy new devices that will offer camera surveillance of the southern border. The 22-Meter Persistent Ground Surveillance System Aerostat, or high-tech helium blimp, could give agents on the ground a significant advantage in stopping large-scale border crossings.
One of the blimps already flies about 3,000 feet above Nogales, Arizona, about a mile from the line between Mexico and the United States. Tethered to the ground, the surveillance unit provides 24-hour a day coverage, including night vision, as part of an effort to quell the spike in border crossing in 2021 and 2022. A second blimp, scheduled for completion by the end of the fiscal year, will operate in the Tucson area, possibly Sasabe.
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Helium systems have been in place since 2013 but dropped off during the pandemic due to cost. In Texas, a similar program spends $30 million annually or $5 million for each of the 6 blimps operating in its airspace.
Aside from flying devices, CBP also regularly deploys unmanned drones to patrol the border. The ability to see unlawful crossings in real-time makes a huge difference for agents on the ground, allowing them to properly position themselves to best detain illegals and protect the lives of everyone involved.
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