Creation of a UK Borders agency, contract to Raytheon
The new agency, belonging to the Home Office, will have a central role in helping tackle the threats faced from both crime and terrorism, is managing a GBP 1.2 billion (EUR 1.7 billion) program to strengthen the UK's offshore border controls with new passenger screening technology.
The program includes a GBP 650 million (EUR 908 million) contract signed with the consortium "Trusted Borders", led by Raytheon, and including, Accenture, Detica and Serco. As the prime contractor for the e-Borders contract, Raytheon is responsible for systems integration, travel services and overall project management.
The contract includes a passenger screening system, which will work alongside the global rollout of fingerprint visas to keep the UK's border secure. The program will collect and analyze passenger and crew data, provided by carriers (air, sea and rail), of all journeys to and from the U.K. in advance of their travel. It will support an intelligence-led approach to operating border controls, by identifying those involved in abuse of U.K. immigration laws, serious and organized crime and terrorism. All high-risk routes will be covered by mid-2009, as will all journeys into the UK by foreign nationals.
Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of US$ 20.3 billion (EUR 19.9 billion), is a technology company specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., USA, Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.