FLIR Systems helps protect borders
Wilsonville's sensor and s urveillance manufacturer FLIR Systems recently announced landing a $74.7 million U.S. Army contract for the land surveillance system TacFLIR.
Headquartered in Wilsonville with 3,500 employees worldwide FLIR specializes in thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems and advanced threat detection systems. Over the years, FLIR's product lines have caught the attention of the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Border Control. The company's multi-purpose surveillance sensors, TacFLIR, are the latest items to interest the U.S. government.
"FLIR is headquartered here in Wilsonville and at this facility, we build airborne surveillance systems for military and law enforcement customers," Tim Dowd, director of public relations, said. "Our vision is to be 'The World's Sixth Sense.' We're doing this by using thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation and advanced threat detection."
The system will be used for perimeter security and U.S. troop protection in conflict zones, but have a host of other applications such as border security and IED detection.
"Our TacFLIR products include the latest technology needed for an increasingly vital force protection mission," Adam DeAngelis, director of FLIR Systems, said. "The TacFLIR's range, performance and its ability to withstand not only extremely high temperatures, but also operate continuously is critical to being chosen."
As part of the same program, FLIR was also awarded an $8.8 million contract in 2017 for portable, long-range thermal imaging FLIR Ranger radars.
"The Army not only chooses the best equipment to do the job, they also require customer support worldwide," DeAngelis said.