FLIR Systems to Provide Star SAFIRE 380-HD Systems for US Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded FLIR Systems an award of $17.9 million for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of a maximum of 19 FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HD (high-definition) systems. Supporting the USCG’s HC-27J surveillance aircraft fleet, FLIR Systems will provide the Star SAFIRE 380-HD systems, cabling, controller units, software, mounting hardware, technical engineering services, and logistics support.
“We are proud to continue our support of the USCG,” Kevin Tucker, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Surveillance, said. “As the HC-27J is the newest of the USCG platforms, it is critical to deliver not only leading performance, but also unmatched support. Flying constantly, the Coast Guard saves lives and protects our nation, and we take our part of enabling their success seriously.”
The USCG is integrating 14 C-27J SPARTANs into its medium range surveillance aircraft fleet to operate along with its HC-144 Ocean SENTRYs performing drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue (SAR) missions. Following regeneration and missionisation, the aircraft’s range, endurance, speed and payload will make it a valuable asset in addressing the Coast Guard’s maritime flight hours gap. Ten aircraft, now bearing the HC-27J designation, have been restored to service as medium-range surveillance, SAR, and medical evacuation assets.
The FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HD provides superior image stabilisation, ultra long range imaging performance, and true metadata embedded in the digital video. The Star SAFIRE 380-HD is fully hardened for military fixed-wing and helicopter operations so it can operate continuously in all conditions–even while sitting on the tarmac with no airflow.