The U.S. Border Patrol announced their latest strategy in Starr County called the Aerostat.
The blimp-like device or balloon is military equipment used overseas in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by the US Navy.
This is its first phase of US-Mexico Border surveillance.
Border Patrol Agent Enrique Mendiola said one of the goals is to have mobile technology that can alert them at moment’s notice; the other is to help the agency become more efficient.
The equipment given by the Department of Homeland Security has cameras and radars that detect the slightest movement by day or night with capabilities to send them electronically to any office in the country.
Various federal agents like the US Cuss, Immigration and Border Patrol as well as the Department of Homeland Security officials gathered in the border City of Roma for demonstrations of this aerial tool.
Agent Mendiola said this is currently in the testing phase but it has been going well so far.
The testing phase on this Aerostat technology began August 10th and will take at least a couple more weeks. We will keep you posted on the results.
Jessica Solis, FOX 2 News.