FLIR Systems, recognized in three consecutive Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs, has been awarded a $39.6 Million order to deliver FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) in support of the United States (U.S.) Army.
The highly capable nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems delivered under this contract will support platoon and small unit level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program.
The U.S. Army awarded the first SBS phase contract in June 2018 to FLIR for an initial batch of Black Hornet PRS, which are being delivered now to the U.S. Army for initial integration into the force.
(Go hands-on with the new FLIR Black Hornet VRS at AUSA 2018 in Washington D.C., which is based on an adaption of the unique Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS), the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-unmanned aerial system (UAS). Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube. Posted on Oct 9, 2018.)
Black Hornet VRS enables the warfighter to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance for battle damage assessment, pre-deployment and route and point reconnaissance, and targeting information without the need for warfighters to exit a vehicle.
FLIR Black Hornet’s equip the non-specialist dismounted soldier with immediate covert situational awareness (SA).
Game-changing EO and IR technology bridge the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, providing the same amount of SA as a larger UAV and IED location capabilities of UGVs.
Extremely light, nearly silent, and with a flight time up to 25 minutes, the combat-proven, pocket-sized Black Hornet transmits live video and HD still images back to the operator.
“We are proud to be selected by the U.S. Army for the SBS Program of Record,” explained Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems.”
“This contract represents a significant milestone with the operational large-scale deployment of nano-UAVs into the world’s most powerful Army.”
“This contract is a major win for the newly established Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions business division at FLIR and demonstrates the strong and urgent demand for nano-UAV technology offered by FLIR.”
“Protecting U.S. warfighters with our unmanned solutions is a key objective for FLIR.”
FLIR has delivered over 8,000 Black Hornet nano-UAVs around the world to date, and this contract expands the use of FLIR’s Black Hornet PRS for Army surveillance and reconnaissance programs.
Due to the significantly increased demand for unmanned aerial system (UAS) support in the U.S., FLIR is expanding its UAS service and repairs center in Somerset, Kentucky.
FLIR Systems Recognized in Third Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Perimeter Protection Solution
FLIR Saros Dome Camera
FLIR is also a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Winner
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!