Italy to Provide Border Satellite System

Libya is use Italian expertise to build a satellite surveillance system to help secure its borders, according to a report from Reuters.

Defence Minister Abdullah al-Thini told the news agency that Libya had contracted Italy's Selex, part of Finmeccanica, to start setting up a satellite-based surveillance system to monitor the border from the Mediterranean coast to the sub-Saharan boundaries from December:

"It will cover the whole border. From the end of 2014 the southern border will be sealed. The crossing points and weak spots will be closed with the help of satellites ... We will spot any infiltration or approaching vehicle."

It is intended that the system will stem the flow of Islamist militants and illegal immigrants.

(Source: Reuters)

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