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 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 counter-narcotics mission.

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.