SeaFLIR on Ground Vehicles? $44.9M for HPM Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. in North Billerica, MA received a $44.9 million firm-fixed-priced modification under previously awarded contract (N00164-04-D-8528), exercising an option for High Performance Mobility (HPM) forward-looking, infra-red (FLIR) systems and associated line items. Work will be performed in North Billerica, MA and is expected to be complete by September 2009. The contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, IN.
The HPM FLIR in question is the gyro-stabilized SeaFLIR III, whose compact 9″ EO/IR system’s available payloads include a laser rangefinder/ pointer/ designator, a choice of mid- or large-format thermal imaging focal plane arrays, and a low light CCD TV camera. Seamless integration then feeds a target’s geodetic coordinates into command and control, fire control or moving map systems on a variety of platforms. As its name implies, the SeaFLIR III is engineered, designed and tested for operation in the harsh maritime environment. Which is good, because FLIR Systems notes in a release that “the units delivered under this contract will be used in various ground mobility roles with the US Navy and other services.”
DID asked for further details, but was told that although FLIR Systems would like to help us, “our contract on this sale restricts us from saying any more about the product and its use.”