U.S. Army Awards New Contract to FLIR for NBCRV Program

 In Land, Defense, U.S. Army, USA, Forces & Capabilities, CBRN, Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste

U.S. defence com­pa­ny FLIR Systems announced on 16 October that it has been award­ed a $26 mil­lion con­tract mod­i­fi­ca­tion in sup­port of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade (NBCRV SSU) pro­gram for the U.S. Army. 

The Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agree­ment was award­ed through the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) as a follow-on to a $48 mil­lion con­tract announced in April 2019.

FLIR is the lead inte­gra­tor in mod­ern­iz­ing the Army’s NBCRV system with improved and autonomous CBRN sen­sors. Earlier this year, the com­pa­ny deliv­ered ini­tial pro­to­types of the NBCRV SSU system for a focused assess­ment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Soldiers employed the FLIR pro­to­type in real­is­tic bat­tle­field sce­nar­ios to sense and rapid­ly avoid CBRN haz­ards. The new con­tract allows FLIR to con­tin­ue devel­op­ing the Sensor Suite and to deliv­er mature pro­to­types for gov­ern­ment test­ing in 2021.

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Among other third-party solu­tions, the NBCRV Sensor Suite will fea­ture capa­bil­i­ties of the FLIR R80D SkyRaider™ drone inte­grat­ed with a spe­cial­ized ver­sion of the FLIR IBAC bio-detec­tion sensor. This next phase also will pair the NBCRV with a ground robot­ic vehi­cle to expand the system’s use with manned-unmanned teams. A FLIR-devel­oped com­mand and con­trol system will bring togeth­er all devices and plat­forms with sensor fusion and automa­tion fea­tures that lessen the cog­ni­tive burden on users and improve deci­sion-making.

“Our abil­i­ty to build and inte­grate manned and unmanned sens­ing solu­tions across a wide threat space is where FLIR dif­fer­en­ti­ates itself,” said Vice President and General Manager of the Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions busi­ness at FLIR, Roger Wells. “Incorporating UAV and UGV plat­forms into NBCRV aligns with our efforts to devel­op full sens­ing capa­bil­i­ties that can act as force mul­ti­pli­ers and boost mis­sion suc­cess for our troops.

“Whether through air- or ground-based detec­tion sys­tems, FLIR is unique­ly posi­tioned in the defense indus­try with deep exper­tise in both intel­li­gent sensor and autonomous sys­tems tech­nol­o­gy that keeps warfight­ers safe,” Wells added.

FLIR is sup­port­ing other efforts by JPEO-CBRND. In the past year, the com­pa­ny has won two con­tracts worth more than $55 mil­lion to field its FLIR Agentase™ C2 chem­i­cal war­fare dis­clo­sure spray, for­mu­lat­ed to detect nerve agents like VX and sarin as well as blis­ter agents such as sulfur mus­tard.

Work on the NBCRV pro­gram has begun and is expect­ed to con­tin­ue through 2022 at FLIR facil­i­ties in West Lafayette, Indiana; Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Elkridge, Maryland.

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