DHS/CBP Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)


Technology Solutions Program Office (TSPO)

  • 18 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • October 31, 2006


DHS/CBP UAV Program Description
Provides Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), operations, maintenance, technical support, pilots, and sensor operators to surveil the Southwest border of the United States. Over the next several years UAV border surveillance will improve sensor/video surveillance capabilities of the current, monitored base system through persistent 24 hours per day / 7 days per week surveillance; integrate new surveillance technologies (aerial sensor suites), and increase interoperability with other law enforcement agencies and initiatives.


  • UAS use as part of National Objective
  • “Establish substantial probability of apprehending terrorists and their weapons as they attempt to illegally enter the United States between the ports of entry”
  • “Deter illegal entries through improved enforcement”
  • “Apprehend and deter smugglers of humans, drugs, and other contraband”
  • “Leverage “Smart Border” technology to multiply the effect of enforcement personnel”

The UAS has demonstrated an ability to enhance operational effectiveness of interdiction elements as part of the National Objective in the areas of: (1) search of high activity areas; (2) remote sensor alarm response; and (3) integration of apprehension operations that enhances situational awareness



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