(PARSIPPANY, N.J.) -- DRS Technologies, Inc. (DRS: NYSE) announced today that it is a member of the team led by The Boeing Company (BA: NYSE) that has been awarded the high-profile SBInet contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The SBInet will integrate multiple state-of-the-art systems and traditional security infrastructures into a single, comprehensive border security suite for the DHS.
"DRS is honored to be a major contributor on the Boeing team," said Fred Marion, president of the company's Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group. "To support the difficult challenges facing the U.S. Border Patrol, we have compiled a highly skilled team, that will be working closely with them and Boeing to ensure they receive the technologies and smart sensors necessary to monitor America's borders and support its immigration and national security objectives."
SBInet is a critical element of the Department's Secure Border Initiative (SBI) that is focused on transforming border control through technology and infrastructure. DRS will use its mix of sophisticated technological applications, strategy and experienced employees to help Boeing assist the U.S. Border Patrol's frontline personnel. SBInet will be applied at both the United States' northern and southern borders. The initial SBInet task order covers 28 miles of border near Tucson, Arizona. The order is expected to be completed in eight months. According to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, this task order is valued at approximately $67 million and will serve as a model for further rollouts.
"DRS has many years of experience in providing surveillance and detection solutions for our nation's armed forces," said Mark S. Newman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of DRS Technologies. "As part of the Boeing team, DRS will have the ability to take technology developed for military use and integrate it in the overall system that will protect our borders."
"We are honored to have DRS as part of our SBInet team," said Wayne Esser, Boeing SBInet Capture Team leader. "They are one of the 'best-of-industry' companies that we sought after to be on our team, and their capabilities and expertise will enable SBInet to be successful."
The landmark SBInet program will help DHS better detect, identify, classify, respond to and resolve attempted illegal entries across the nation's land borders with Mexico and Canada. Announced last year, the SBI is a comprehensive plan to control 6,000 miles of America's borders and stem the flow of illegal immigration.