Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, announced that it has been awarded a production contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC)vehicles to be used by agents on the U.S and Mexican border. The contract has a base value of $13.5 million with options and includes system deliveriesand Integrated Logistics Support (ILS).CBP has been operating two Telephonics’ MSC vehicles on the southwest border for over nine months,as part of an Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE).
MSC is a fully integrated and rapidly deployable mobile ground surveillance system, able to reliably detect, track and classify small and slow-moving targets encountered during border surveillance operations. Thisclassification capability enables CBP agents to quickly gather intelligence leading to safer and more precisely targeted interdictions.
MSC, also known as the Radar and Video Enforcement Network-Mobile (RaVEN®-M), is capable of operating as a stand-alone system or as a networked, virtual fence, essential for effective border protection. Due to its mobility, MSC is well-suited to difficult terrains and environments and its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system gathers, aggregates and evaluates data from multiple border/perimeter incidents reducing operator workload.
“Monitoring and protecting the U.S. border is critical to our national security and Telephonics is extremely pleased that CBP has chosen our surveillance vehicle to assist with this important responsibility,” said Joseph J. Battaglia, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telephonics. “MSCenhances the effectiveness of our nation’s very capable border patrol agents by providing them with a suite of advanced sensors integrated with a sophisticated decision-making tool set,to successfully detect, classify, track and ultimately apprehend lawbreakers at our borders.”