DHS S&T Develops Air Surveillance Standards for Border Protection

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The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate is developing air surveillance standards in an effort to help secure national airspace through the evaluation of current and future radar platforms.

DHS S&T said Tuesday it will assess existing air surveillance capabilities and radars of the Customs and Border Protection‘s Air and Marine Operations against the DHS (Interim) Strategic Air Surveillance Requirements.

The directorate’s analysts use the Extended Air Defense Simulation software to simulate a CBP AMO radar, evaluate if the device can detect aircraft and observe how the simulated radar detect suspicious targets.

EADSIM is designed to provide analytic data such as a target’s altitude via geographic location of detection and aircraft size through radar cross-section.

DHS collaborates with the Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on national security and aviation safety efforts.