FLIR sensors for Navy aerostats

Sept. 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has ordered digital, high-definition imaging systems from FLIR Systems Inc. for use on the service's aerostats.

The initial firm fixed-price order from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is valued to as much as $52.1 million.

Terms of the three-year contract also provides for support related to the Star SAFIRE 380-HD systems.

An option to procure an additional $26.5 million of Star SAFIRE 380-HD and Star SAFIRE HD systems over the next three years is also included.

Deliveries are expected to begin in September of this year.

"Our success at providing surveillance systems that directly protect troops in the field is unmistakable," said Earl Lewis, president and chief executive officer of FLIR. "This award showcases how FLIR's commercial operating model, which includes self-funded research and development, yields highly advanced military-qualified products that can be attained quickly, at low prices, and with superior service."

FLIR Systems Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems. The company's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives detection.

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