US Army places $20.9m Star Safire II order with Flir Systems

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Flir Systems has announced that it has received a $20.9m delivery order from the US Army for its Star Safire II stabilised multi-sensor system.

The Star Safire II units will be employed on the Army’s Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk medevac helicopters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Star Safire II is combat proven and can carry up to five separate payloads. They are a long-range thermal imager, low-light television camera, ultra long-range spotter scope and a laser rangefinder and illuminator. Deliveries are expected to be completed within the next twelve months with the Safire II units being produced by Flir's Wilsonville, Oregon facility.

Flir’s president and chief executive officer Earl Lewis said: 'Flir is pleased to continue its longstanding role as a supplier of reliable, high performance imaging systems to the US Army medevac programme in support of the rescue and evacuation of wounded service members.’