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Tethered Aerostat Radar Systems - TARS

Program Description

Through the TARS contract, Peraton provides persistent detection and monitoring (surveillance) capability for interdicting low-level air, maritime and surface smugglers and narcotics traffickers along the United States-Mexico border, the Florida Straits, and a portion of the Caribbean.

What We Do:

Peraton provides program management, operations, and maintenance, mission support, and life-cycle management support, to provide effective and efficient TARS support for the Counter Drug/Counter Narcotics Trafficking (CD/CNT) and air sovereignty missions. These services focus on maximizing production and delivery of quality surveillance flight hours (QSFH) from the eight sites, 24 hours a day/365 days a year. Peraton accomplishes efficient and effective operations of tethered aerostat sites with all Government-furnished aerostat support systems, radars, cameras, weather equipment, communications systems, mooring systems, facilities, special purpose vehicles, associated equipment, and contract personnel necessary to accomplish the mission. Through its quality systems and ISO-compliant processes, Peraton expertly handles everything from repairs and obsolescence planning to managing the supply chain for thousands of parts and associated pieces of equipment.

How We Do it:

Using tethered aerostats resembling blimps, TARS operators relay essential data to DHS that is used to closely monitor border activity. In addition, surveillance data is shared with the U.S. military and international law enforcement partners conducting related air surveillance and air sovereignty missions.


  • Lajas, PR
  • Marfa, TX
  • Eagle Pass, TX
  • Rio Grande City, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Cudjoe Key, FL
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Ft Huachuca, AZ
  • Deming, NM
  • Newport News, VA

About peraton

Peraton drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted and highly differentiated national security solutions and technologies that keep people safe and secure. Peraton serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, civilian, health, and state and local markets. Every day, our employees do the can’t be done, solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers.

Benefits at Peraton

At Peraton, our benefits are designed to help keep you at your best beyond the work you do with us daily. We’re fully committed to the growth of our employees. From fully comprehensive medical plans to tuition reimbursement, and retirement, we are there to support you all the way.

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care
  • Paid Time Off and Holidays
  • Retirement
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Career Development
  • Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Refinancing
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • And More!

We are committed to Our Military and Veterans.

At Peraton, we honor those we serve. And those who served. We participate in community events, sponsor employee initiatives, and champion business practices that support the veteran community. Today more than 4,400 veterans call Peraton home.

Peraton is a national leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Peraton’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) foundation is built upon our six core values. These values are the cornerstone to supporting a diverse, inclusive workplace and exemplifies our commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct and a culture where individuals are embraced and encouraged to grow and excel in their career.