FLIR Systems announces foreign and domestic orders

Jan. 9, 2009
FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has received orders from Saudi Arabia and from the U.S. Army, the company disclosed. A contract modification with the Royal Australian Air Force will result in additional revenue for the company.

January 9, 2009--FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has received orders from Saudi Arabia and from the U.S. Army, the company disclosed. A contract modification with the Royal Australian Air Force will result in additional revenue for the company.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia placed a $12.8 million order for FLIR's advanced RECON III hand-held IR camera system. The units delivered under this award will be used for long-range surveillance and security missions. Work on the order will be performed at FLIR's facility in North Billerica, MA and deliveries are expected to be completed within the next twelve months.

FLIR was also awarded two delivery orders totaling $30.4 million from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Alabama for its Star SAFIRE III stabilized multisensor systems. These delivery orders were issued under a previously announced contract modification of an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. The units delivered under these orders will be employed in the Base Expeditionary and Surveillance Systems-Combined (BETSS-C) and the Ground Based Operational Surveillance System (GBOSS) programs in support of ongoing U.S. Armed Forces force-protection efforts. Work on the delivery orders will begin immediately at FLIR's Wilsonville, Oregon facility and will be completed within the next twelve months.

Finally, FLIR announced that it has received notification from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) of the RAAF's intent to exercise a contract-modification option under a prior $13.5 million contract. Under the terms of the contract modification, FLIR will supply Star SAFIRE HD imaging systems to be fitted on AP-3C maritime patrol aircraft for surveillance and search and rescue missions. The original contract was signed during the third quarter of last year.

The Star SAFIRE HD is the only electro-optic infrared system in its class to provide full digital high-definition video from all its imaging sensors, says FLIR, adding that the system has output video that meets U.S. Department of Defense and NATO specifications for HD acquisition. The Star SAFIRE HDs will replace existing Star SAFIRE III systems to enable the RAAF's transition to HD technology for their operational needs.

The work will be performed in FLIR's facilities in Wilsonville, Oregon. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of this year and be completed within twelve months.

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John Wallace was with Laser Focus World for nearly 25 years, retiring in late June 2022. He obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and physics at Rutgers University and a master's in optical engineering at the University of Rochester. Before becoming an editor, John worked as an engineer at RCA, Exxon, Eastman Kodak, and GCA Corporation.

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