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Egypt procures mobile surveillance system from US

Advanced Technology Systems Company MBSS-80 trailer-based border surveillance system – requested by Egypt in October 2020. (Advanced Technology Systems Company)

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has contracted US-based Advanced Technologies Systems (ATSC) to deliver the Mobile Surveillance Sensor Security System (MS3) Phase II to Egypt, via a Foreign Military Sale (FMS).

The USD93.8 million contract, will involve the supply of “fixed-site surveillance towers, an agile truck based mobile border surveillance vehicle, a Mobile Border Surveillance System Model 1300 (MBSS-1300), a mobile field workshop to perform on-site maintenance, and contractor logistics support”, the announcement stated.

According to ATSC, the MBSS-1300 is an off-road, multispectral sensor-based persistent surveillance system. The company added that it has a 13-metre mast, pulse doppler ground and maritime surveillance radar, high-capacity line of sight PTP/PMP microwave communications data system, high definition ‘HDSD MW 550' electro-optical and infrared multi-sensor, power and data distribution unit, GPS receiver, and auto aligning radio positioner.

Work is expected to be completed by February 2027.

In October 2020, the US Government approved Egypt's request for a maritime trailer-based surveillance system from ATSC. The platform aims to deliver real-time situational awareness for the Egyptian Armed Forces, helping to protect its maritime boundaries and ports. The proposed sale was estimated to be worth USD417 million.

In October 2017, ATSC was awarded a USD64 million contract to deliver a mobile surveillance sensor security system to support the Egyptian Border Guard.

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