FLIR Systems announced that it received a US$4.1 million Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) delivery order from Northrop Grumman for its BRITE Star(R) II multi-sensor target designation system. The units delivered under this contract will be installed on Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV). The Fire Scout provides Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical users without relying on manned aircraft or space-based assets.
Work will be performed at FLIR's facilities in Wilsonville, Oregon. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2009 and conclude in 2010.
"This order highlights FLIR's position as a leading supplier of thermal imaging and target designation systems," said Earl Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. “We are pleased to partner with Northrop Grumman on Fire Scout to provide situational awareness and real-time intelligence for the commander's missions.”