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Air Interdiction Agent Duties

As an Air Interdiction Agent, you are a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

  • Conduct air to air, air to water, and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders
  • Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
  • Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens

Typical Duties

You will serve as a CBP Air Interdiction Agent performing air law enforcement operations involving the detection, prevention, interdiction and apprehension of terrorist, terrorist weapons and other contraband and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States. Your duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Operating Unmanned Aerial Systems performing law enforcement missions
  • Performing interdiction duties that include intelligence gathering, detecting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, testifying and acting as liaison with other Federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies
  • Developing strategies to track aircraft, vessels and people to accomplish an effective and successful interdiction
  • Gathering and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism with internal customers, the general aviation and marine communities and other law enforcement agencies
  • Testifying under oath before a grand jury, federal court proceedings and/or other legal proceedings

Fixed-wing Aircraft Used by Air Interdiction Agents:

Guardian UAS Maritime Variant Predator B: Air Interdiction Agents operate the highly capable and proven Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to further enhance operational capabilities and increase domain awareness. In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, AMO developed a maritime variant of its Predator B UAS, called the Guardian, to increase reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, and acquisition capabilities in maritime operating environments.
 
Multi-Role Enforcement Super King Air 350ER: The Multi-Role Enforcement Super King Air 350ER (MEA) is a medium- range, fixed-wing, twin turboprop aircraft. It is used by Air Interdiction Agents to conduct aerial patrol and surveil-lance over land and water, and for enforcement relocation of personnel and equipment.
 
P-3 Airborne Early Warning: P-3 Airborne Early Warning: are high-endurance, all-weather, tactical turbo-prop aircraft, which are utilized primarily for long-range aerial patrols and surveillance along the U.S. border and in drug Transit Zones in Central and South America, which are used by criminal organizations to smuggle contraband toward the United States and other parts of the world.
 
Pilatus PC-12: The PC-12 is a single-engine, turbo-prop, fixed-wing aircraft that combines the slow-speed capability of a Cessna 210 with the payload and high-speed capabilities of a B-200 King Air. These characteristics enable this aircraft to deploy rapidly and operate safely in remote areas.
 
Beechcraft King Air 200 and C-12C: The Beechcraft King Air 200 and C-12C aircraft are medium-range, fixed-wing, twin turboprop aircraft used by Air Interdiction Agents These aircraft conduct investigative and interdiction missions such as aerial patrol, prisoner transport and surveillance, and can be also used to insert agents into otherwise inaccessible terrain.
 
Cessna C-550 Citation: Cessna C-550 Citation aircraft are medium range, fixed-wing, all-weather tactical jets used by Air Interdiction Agent to intercept and track airborne drug smugglers, and to enforce airspace security over critical venues such as presidential inaugurations. AMO uses the Citation to perform missions such as aerial surveillance, intercept, detection, and monitoring. AMO has also deployed the Citation to Panama, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, and Aruba to disrupt drug traffickers.
 
The Bombardier DHC-8: The Bombardier DHC-8 is a fixed-wing, medium-range multi-role patrol aircraft equipped with multimode radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors that can detect and monitor maritime and surface targets. Video recorders document suspect activities for evidentiary use. The DHC-8 is well suited to accomplish the mission of detecting, disrupting, and interdicting maritime smuggling.
 
Cessna C-206/210: Cessna C-206/210 aircrafts are short-range, piston-powered Light Enforcement Aircraft used by Air Interdiction Agent to support investigative and enforcement efforts by conducting surveillance, tracking, and reconnaissance.
 
Unmanned Aircraft system MQ-9 Predator B: Air Interdiction Agents operate the highly capable and proven Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to further enhance operational capabilities and increase domain awareness. AMO selected the Predator B, manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, for its unique combination of operational capabilities, payload capacity, mission flexibility, potential to accommodate new sensor packages, and its safety and performance record with other federal agencies.
 

 

Helicopters Used by Air Interdiction Agents:

Sikorsky UH-60: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are medium-range, all weather, rotary-wing tactical aircraft used by Air Interdiction Agents to protect the American public from terrorism and drug smuggling and to enforce airspace security over critical venues.
 
Bell Helicopters UH-1N: Bell UH-1N helicopters are rotary-wing, medium- range, twin-engine, utility helicopters manufactured by Bell Helicopters. The medium-lift capability of the UH-1N by Air Interdiction Agents to conduct air mobility operations along the border and over large bodies of water.
 
Airbus Helicopters AS350 A- Star: The Airbus Helicopter AS350 Light Enforcement Helicopter (LEH) is a short-range, turbine-powered helicopter used by Air Interdiction Agents to perform missions such as aerial patrol and surveillance of stationary or moving targets. These LEHs are the optimal aerial surveillance platform in metropolitan areas because their vertical lift capability and maneuverability enable operations from off-airport sites and in close proximity to congested airports.
 
Bell Huey II: Bell UH-1H helicopters are short-range, turbine-powered helicopters which fly with a crew of two (pilot and copilot). The medium-lift capability of the UH-1H supports agents in high-altitude and hot environments, such as the desert in the Southwest Region, where pilots encounter extreme temperatures that may disrupt safe aircraft operation.
 
Airbus Helicopters EC120: The Airbus Helicopters EC120 aircraft is a medium-range, turbine-powered helicopter used by Air Interdiction Agents primarily as a Light Observation Helicopter.
 
Sikorsky S-76: Sikorsky S-76 helicopters are a medium-range, tactical apprehension aircraft used by Air Interdiction Agents to protect the American public from threats of terrorism and drug smuggling, and to enforce airspace security over critical venues.
 

 

Last modified: 
May 11, 2018
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