A US military contractor and IT service company. Installed surveillance balloons on the US-Mexico border and supplied border patrol with communications and night vision systems.
Harris Corporation, based in Melbourne, FL, provides weapons, communications, and surveillance systems to security and military forces. Its revenues in 2017 were $6.2 billion. In 2015, Harris Corporation acquired Exelis Inc., the military division of ITT. In 2019, Harris Corporation is scheduled to merge with L3 Technologies to form the 6th largest military company in the U.S.
Through its subsidiary Exelis, Harris has provided surveillance of the U.S-Mexico border to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS). The system comprises large, blimp-like unmanned aircraft with surveillance systems for long range intelligence gathering and aircraft detection. Installed in in eight different sites, 10,000 feet above ground, TARS monitor the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The system is operated by the CBP Air and Marine Operations division. Exelis was selected as the prime contractor for the system in 2014. The balloons were manufactured by ILC Dover, with TCOM serving as the system integrator.
In June 2018, Harris was awarded two contracts totaling $26 million to upgrade the CBP’s radio communication systems. The company has also supplied CBP with night vision equipment and with cell phone tracking devices.
In addition to its involvement in border surveillance, Harris manufactures components for military fighter jets, including the F-16, F-35, and F-18, as well as navy vessels. One of its specialities is electronic warfare systems for military aircraft. Exelis used to provide the Israeli military with night vision systems and the Israeli navy with sonars.