Integrated Logistics Support for Safer Borders

Peraton operates and maintains a series of airborne radar platforms and associated infrastructure and communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) program. TARS surveillance data provides vital information to DHS’s law enforcement partners in the U.S. and abroad to stem the flow of illegal drugs and prevent the spread of criminal activity across our borders.

For nearly a decade, Peraton has provided integrated logistics support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) program. TARS is an essential element of the Homeland Security Air Domain Awareness network and a major contributor to successful law-enforcement operations along the United States-Mexico border and in the Florida Straits and a portion of the Caribbean to counter drug trafficking, human trafficking and smuggling. TARS provides persistent, long-range detection and monitoring for interdicting low-level air, maritime and surface smugglers and narcotics traffickers.

Using tethered aerostats resembling blimps, TARS operators are able to relay essential data to DHS that is used to closely monitor border activity. In addition, surveillance data is shared with the U.S. military and international law enforcement partners conducting related air surveillance and air sovereignty missions.

Peraton provides full support of the aerostats and associated support systems, radars, weather equipment, communications systems, winch systems, facilities, special-purpose vehicles, as well as to TARS personnel. Through its quality systems and ISO-compliant processes, Peraton expertly handles everything from repairs and obsolescence planning to managing the supply chain for thousands of parts and associated pieces of equipment. To perform at the highest level, Peraton instituted a 5S workplace-organization quality system for internal audits that is independently verified.

As a secondary mission, Peraton assists TARS in supporting USNORTHCOM and USSOUTHCOM air surveillance missions. TARS surveillance data also supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) air sovereignty mission for the continental United States. Operational locations are in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico, with support locations in Newport News, Virginia, and El Paso, Texas.