Peraton has received a potential $277.5 million contract from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue providing operations and integrated logistics support for the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which provides security along portions of the U.S. border with Mexico, the Florida Straits and a portion of the Caribbean to counter drug trafficking, human trafficking and smuggling.

Peraton has been supporting TARS for more than 10 years and no other bidders emerged for the recompete. CBP is an operational component of the Department of Homeland Security.

Under the potential five-year contract, the company will continue to operate and maintain the airborne radar platforms and related infrastructure to provide persistent, long-range detection and monitoring for interdicting low-level air, maritime and surface targets.

“Over more than 10 years working on TARS, we have honed our ability to maximize aerostat availability through effective logistics management, while implementing staffing efficiencies, integrating emerging technologies, and satisfying evolving mission demands,” John Coleman, president of Peraton’s Defense and Homeland Security sector, said in a statement.

TARS is also used to support U.S. Northern and Southern Command in air surveillance missions and the surveillance data also supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command air sovereignty mission for the continental U.S. Aerostats deployed in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico.