FLIR Systems has been awarded a five-year, firm-fixed-price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinitely Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD for repair, refurbishment and logistics support of electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors used by the Army's Product Manager Force Protection Systems programmes, the company announced on 16 December. The IDIQ vehicle has a ceiling value of $92.9 million (€83.5million), with an initial order of $5.2 million.

Systems covered under the contract include the Base Expeditionary Targeting Surveillance System-Combined (BETSS-C) and Combat Outpost Surveillance Force Protection System, as well as Foreign Military Sales.

BETSS-C entails a combination of cameras and surveillance equipment mounted on deployable towers and used to monitor wide areas around important military locations and bases. FLIR has been part of the BETSS-C effort since 2004, when it was designated RAID, providing long-range EO/IR sensors at the heart of the system. Today, the company supplies high-definition sensors for BETSS-C, as well as radars capable of detecting vehicles, people, or other moving objects at range.

FLIR has delivered more than a thousand EO/IR sensors to the US Army as part of the BETSS-C programme. This latest IDIQ maintains the service partnership and related revenues FLIR has accrued with the Army, while augmenting the company’s ability to meet their needs.

“BETSS-C is a critical piece of technology that supports the safety of US forces and its allies at locations around the world,” said David Ray, President of FLIR Systems’ Government and Defense business unit. “We value this opportunity to support the Army and optimize the capabilities of this vital surveillance system.”

Soldiers assigned to the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division training with BETSS-C. (Photo: US Army)

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