FLIR Systems, Inc. announced it has won an additional $15.4 million contract to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet® 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the U.S. Army. The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program. In late 2018, the U.S. Army began acquiring Black Hornet 3’s to support the SBS effort. Since then, it has placed orders totaling more than $85 million for the FLIR nano-UAV. Live video and HD images Extremely light and well suited for operations in contested environments, nearly silent, and with a flight time up to 25 minutes, the combat-proven, pocket-sized Black Hornet PRS transmits live video and HD still images back to the operator. Its information feed provides soldiers with immediate covert situational awareness to help them perform missions more effectively. FLIR has delivered more than 12,000 Black Hornet nano-UAVs to defense and security forces worldwide. Enhanced safety of troops “Unmanned systems like our Black Hornet provide enhanced standoff and safety to troops in harm’s way, which is critical as militaries intensify their plans for multi-domain operations,” said Roger Wells, VP, and general manager of Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions at FLIR. “We’re honored the Black Hornet plays an integral part in the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor program. Every new order is a testament to the difference this technology can make on the battlefield and renews our commitment to advancing the science.” The award-winning Black Hornet is designed and built by FLIR in Norway. Deliveries will begin midyear 2021.
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced it has received awards from the United States (U.S.) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deliver improved air and ground surveillance capabilities using advanced thermal imaging and drone technology. All awards are potentially worth more than $23 million, including for the delivery of the next-generation FLIR LVSS™ (Lightweight Vehicle Surveillance System) for CBP’s Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) program and delivery of FLIR SkyRaider™ drone tether kits, FLIR StormCaster™-T sensor payloads, and other technology for CBP’s Low Altitude Autonomous Safety and Situational Awareness for Officers (LASO) program. The LASO contract has a base value of $545,000 and was awarded from a competitive General Solicitation under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Solutions Opening Pilot Program. Mobile surveillance capability The MSC order is for 19 new FLIR LVSS systems that will be deployed on the southwest and northern U.S. borders. Following delivery, CBP will have a total of 27 LVSS units deployed, fitted with TacFLIR® 380-HD cameras and FLIR R20SS radar. In November 2020, the company delivered a capability upgrade to CBP’s current fleet of R80D SkyRaider UAS, including tether kits and StormCaster-T thermal payloads. Rugged and reliable surveillance Whether on the ground or in the air, imaging and drone-based technologies give rugged and reliable surveillance "Whether on the ground or in the air, FLIR world-class imaging and drone-based technologies give the men and women of U.S Customs and Border Protection nimble, rugged and reliable surveillance solutions for the toughest of environments,” said Roger Wells, VP and general manager of the Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions business at FLIR. “The expanded LVSS deployments and airborne sensor enhancements will deliver tangible benefits for these two programs. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with CBP and honored that agents who serve on our nation’s borders are using FLIR technology to augment their efforts.” Integrated surveillance The FLIR LVSS provides the most advanced, integrated surveillance available that can track up to 500 objects at once at ranges greater than 10 miles (16 km). LVSS is well suited to missions that call for speed, mobility, and flexibility, including protecting remote borders, shorelines, and forward operating bases. A single operator can deploy and operate the system’s 16-foot mast from the cab of a pickup truck in less than 30 seconds. Payloads can be customized to each mission, with options for radar, thermal imagers, lasers, illuminators, weather stations, or other intrusion sensors. Modular, highly transportable system The FLIR SkyRaider tether kit is a modular, highly transportable system that will enhance CBP's existing SkyRaider fleet by providing persistent mission support. The tether can deliver power to aircraft and payloads for flights lasting up to 24 hours. Day-night surveillance The StormCaster-T features a FLIR Boson™ thermal camera for powerful object detection, recognition, and identification day or night, with maximum range and time-on-station. Its continuous zoom lens enables long-distance surveillance and reconnaissance while providing clear, actionable imagery.
FLIR Systems, Inc., the globally renowned provider of video surveillance systems and drones has announced that it has acquired Altavian, Inc., a privately-held renowned manufacturer of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for defense and public safety customers. Altavian’s airframes integrate multiple sensors, including FLIR thermal technology, to provide users with decision support and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. Expertise in Avionics solutions Based in Gainesville, Florida and founded in 2011, Altavian, Inc. designs and manufacturers Group 1 UAS solutions for long or short range operations. With both quadcopters and fixed-wing UAS designs, Altavian’s expertise includes aeronautics, avionics, and software, and its solutions are engineered around an open system architecture aligned to the needs of government and defense customers. Altavian Inc. is one of five drone manufacturers approved by the U.S. Department of Defense Altavian Inc. is one of five drone manufacturers approved by the U.S. Department of Defense, under the Blue sUAS program, to sell to the U.S. military and federal agencies. Comprehensive sUAS solutions “Altavian’s proven engineering expertise and assets will allow us to offer customers the most comprehensive solution portfolio of any American sUAS provider,” said Roger Wells, General Manager of the Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions business of FLIR Systems’ Defense Technologies Segment, under which Altavian, Inc. will be integrated. Rogers adds, “With the addition of both a low-cost, rapidly deployable quadcopters and a longer range fixed-wing UAS (unmanned aerial system), FLIR is strengthening its already impressive drone lineup, including our Black Hornet and SkyRaider platforms used extensively by militaries around the globe.” “He concludes, “We’re excited about the multiple new franchise opportunities FLIR will be able to pursue for defense, public safety, and industrial markets worldwide.”
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