Panama President Visits Southern Maryland
Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and his delegation visit the AirTec
Engineering and Integration Facility to see first-hand the aircraft in
development under the Smartronix USSOUTHCOM contract. This highly capable
platform will be used for the region's C4ISR missions.
Hollywood, MD – (19 June 2019) – Mr. Tom
Jarboe, AirTec USSOUTHCOM Program Manager, brought together key project team
members, Government, and U.S. military representatives on 19 June to meet
with the Panamanian President and his delegation. The group shared progress in
modifying the Panamanian Beechcraft 350 twin-engine plane with advanced sensors,
avionics, and communications systems in support of the country's
President Varela stressed this importance of this high-visibility project, not
only to his country but also to safety and security of the international
community. The capabilities of this aircraft will be game-changing, providing
Panama with an organic capability to conduct airborne counter-narcotics
surveillance and other security missions. Panama has tremendous terrain
diversity with jungles, mountains, deserts, and a vast maritime region, making
it challenging to track illicit activities across the varying topography. These
new airborne capabilities will be critical in countering the flow of narcotics
and contraband to the U.S. and other international partners.
As the prime contractor for the GSA FEDSIM USSOUTHCOM contract, Smartronix
manages a team of Platform Providers, Sensor Developers, Operators, Analysts,
and Technologists to provide industry-leading solutions for USSOUTHCOM's current
and future C4ISR requirements. "We have assembled a truly outstanding and
dedicated team of professionals who are singularly focused on providing on-time,
on-budget delivery of this critical asset" reports Mr. Steve Eastburg,
Smartronix Defense Solutions Executive VP. "This highly capable platform
will quickly become an indispensable resource to combat the scourge of drugs
transiting international borders."
As the key subcontractor partner, AirTec is leading the systems integration
activities as well as providing training, supply, and maintenance support
in-country. "We look forward to the opportunity to partner with Smartronix
in support of USSOUTHCOM and Panama in their efforts to combat narco-terrorism
with a regional approach to a global problem."
Smartronix is proud of its role in enabling Panama and other USSOUTHCOM partner
nations in their C4ISR missions. From our home front to the front lines, Team
Smartronix is honored to support USSOUTHCOM by providing world-class rapid
response support to enable this critical customer's mission success.