US Navy awards Flir persistent ground surveillance contract

Thermal imager manufacturer Flir Systems has been awarded a contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division valued at up to $52.1m (£32.1m) for its Star Safire HD family of digital, high-definition, full-spectrum imaging systems.

Under the terms of this three-year contract, the Navy has placed an initial order for $25.6m of Star Safire 380-HD systems and related support, and has the option to procure an additional $26.5m of Star Safire 380-HD and Star Safire HD systems over the next three years.

The systems are expected to be deployed on aerostats as part of the Navy’s Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS) programme.

It is expected that the work under this contract will be performed primarily out of Flir’s facilities in Wilsonville, Oregon, and deliveries under the initial order are expected to begin in September of this year.