FLIR Systems, manufacturer of thermal imaging systems and IR cameras and detectors, will provide advanced electro-optical sensor systems for the U.S. Navy ship systems. The Navy requires the sensor systems for the Shipboard Protection System (SPS) that aids in shielding the Navy vessels from terrorist attacks.
Under a $27.1 million agreement, FLIR Systems will deliver the Star SAFIRE electro-optical sensor systems that contain range tracking and laser detection system as well as forward-looking infrared sensor. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division has awarded the contract.
The electro-optical sensor systems are strong and can be mounted on ships to offer IR and visible band imaging abilities to the surface ships. The sensor systems also provide range finding capability to enhance the present radar and optical sensors for identifying and detecting terrorist attacks. The electro-optical sensor system is used by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Royal Danish Navy and other naval forces for fire control and surveillance applications.
The Shipboard Protection System improves the anti-terrorism/force protection abilities of naval surface vessels by offering versatile engagement zones and 360-degree situational awareness. The SPS is deployed on the U.S. Navy’s Burke-class destroyers USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Benfold (DDG 65).