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MONS Correspondent Marty Kauchak files end-of-the-day report from the US Air Force (USAF) Association-sponsored Air, Space and Cyber Conference at National Harbor, MD/USA. Adam DeAngelis, Director of Marketing for FLIR Surveillance at FLIR Systems, noted his Wilsonville, Oregon-based company is excited to be a part of this year’s AFA conference, and will be engaging with customers discussing its, “industry leading long range and compact multi-spectral targeting systems the Star SAFIRE 380-HLD and 380-HLDc.” The executive continued: “We will also be showcasing our line of tactical weapons sights and hand held thermal and NVG products, including our new white phosphor options.”

This is a dynamic time in the sector Mr. DeAngelis pointed out. High definition Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors are increasingly being required, but there are also greater requirements of including a laser designator into all payloads. Further, “FLIR Systems is seeing increased demand for highly accurate (low beam divergence) laser targeting systems with the ability to be utilised in both federated and integrated environments. Multi-spectral options such as Short-Wave IR (SWIR) is also increasingly of interest.”

Asked how FLIR Systems is responding to these requirements, Mr. DeAngelis responded: “FLIR Systems utilises a Commercially Derived - Military Qualified (CDMQ) approach which puts us in a unique position. We can bring the latest technologies and abilities into the field quickly, but still ensuring the mil-qualified aspect is adhered to. Our Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc includes our new SpotTRAX laser designator multi-spot tracker, with the ability to see, detect, and resolve laser designators on the battle field.”

FLIR Systems continues to value industry partnerships and teams very closely with its industry partners. “For instance, our SS380-HLD was recently part of the OA-X competition utilized by the Air Force on the Sierra Nevada A-29 as the targeting sensor,” Mr. DeAngelis said. “Our capabilities in meeting the quick requirements of integration into the platforms allow our industry partners to significantly cut risk.”

And beyond this Air, Space & Cyber Conference, Mr. DeAngelis pointed out FLIR Systems is always working on the “next big product.” He added: “We spend a significant portion of our revenue on R&D and our last airborne product officially released was the very successful Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc at Farnborough Air Show in 2016. That said, you can infer that we are working on our next generation system(s).”

Marty Kautschak

 

FLIR Systems' SS380-HLD was recently part of the OA-X competition utilised by the US Air Force on the Sierra Nevada A-29 (above) as the targeting sensor (Source: FLIR Systems)

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