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AEROSTAT RADAR SYSTEM. US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Operations launched the tethered aerostat radar system (TARS) within its previous location in the southwestern coast of the island, reports Caribbean News Now (May 12, 2014). CBP recently assumed responsibility for the TARS from the US Air Force (USAF). In August 2011, the former TARS crashed near its location in the municipality of Lajas, due to severe weather. The aerostat-borne surveillance system--operating in the US since 1978 and in Puerto Rico since the late 1980s--provides radar detection and monitoring of low-altitude aircraft and surface vessels along the US-Mexico border, the Florida Straits, and the Caribbean Sea and Mona Passage. The TARS will augment fixed radar systems that support the Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center (CAMOC), a component of CBP's Office of Air and Marine Operations, that provides detection, monitoring, sorting, tracking and coordination of law enforcement response to suspect airborne and maritime activity at, beyond and internal to our nation's borders
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Title Annotation:PUERTO RICO
Publication:Caribbean Update
Date:Jun 1, 2014
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