U.S. Support for Tunisian Border Security Project
(Source: US Embassy in Tunisia; issued March 25, 2016)
The United States Government is pleased to announce the first part of an award of a $24.9 million-dollar contract for a project to strengthen Tunisia’s border security capabilities along the Tunisia-Libya border.
The contract is being awarded by the United States’ Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and will provide an integrated border surveillance system based on remotely monitored sensors, along with basic border security equipment and related training for the Tunisian Army and National Guard.
US to Fund Multi-Million-Dollar Tunisia Border Surveillance
(Source: Agence France-Presse; published March 26, 2016)
TUNIS --- The United States has agreed to fund a multi-million-dollar project to install an electronic security surveillance system on Tunisia's border with strife-torn Libya, the US embassy said Friday.
In a statement, the diplomatic mission said that the US was disbursing the first installment of the $24.9 million project to strengthen security along the frontier.
The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) awarded the contract to American construction group BTP and consulting and engineering firm AECOM, a diplomatic source told AFP.
According to the embassy, the project involves the installation of an integrated surveillance system using sensors and regular security equipment.
The project includes training Tunisian forces to use the system, the statement added, without giving a start or completion date.
Tunisia has built a 200-kilometre (125-mile) barrier that stretches about half the length of its border with Libya in an attempt to prevent militants from infiltrating.
A series of deadly attacks by ISIS on foreign holidaymakers last year, which have dealt a devastating blow to the country's tourism industry, are believed to have been planned from Libya.