“This mobile surveillance sensor security system will provide Egypt with advanced capabilities intended to bolster its border surveillance capabilities along its border with Libya and elsewhere,” the Pentagon statement said. “This procurement is intended for Egyptian Border Guard Forces, which currently lack any remote detection capability along unpatrolled areas of Egypt’s borders. This system would provide an early warning capability to allow for faster response times to mitigate threats to the border guards and the civilian population.”
Egypt has long been surrounded by countries in turmoil, but the spiraling situation in Libya is especially of concern. It is now home to militants with both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Egypt has carried out airstrikes this year without American involvement in the Libyan city of Derna.
The Defense Department statement did not specify which company may make the equipment Egypt wants. It will be determined during contract negotiations, officials said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses a variety of commercially available equipment for border surveillance, including fixed and mobile video surveillance systems, thermal imaging devices, radar, range finders, ground sensors and radio frequency sensors, according to an assessment released last year. Some of the radar coverage along the U.S.-Mexico border is provided using helium-filled balloons.