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FLIR Systems - Star SAFIRE? III on Fire Scout VUAS demonstration.


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FLIR Systems
: 09 December, 2008  (New Product)
FLIR Systems, Inc, has announced that its Star SAFIRE® III was an integral component of Northrop Grumman Corporation's latest successful MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) demonstration.
Star SAFIRE III part of Fire Scout simultaneous radar and EO/IR video capability demonstration

FLIR Systems, Inc, has announced that its Star SAFIRE« III was an integral component of Northrop Grumman Corporation's latest successful MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) demonstration. Simultaneous radar and electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) digital video was provided from the Star SAFIRE III sensor through the Fire Scout's tactical common data link.

The demonstration was part of an ongoing internal research and development effort to reduce risk and solidify requirements for multiple program radar integration on Fire Scout. The successful 40 minute flight, using a company-owned air vehicle and ground control segment, took place on November 18th at the Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona test center.

Star SAFIRE III is qualified beyond Mil Specs and available with up to seven sensor and laser payloads, including a high-resolution infrared imager, long-range color cameras and an embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation system for precise target location.

'FLIR Systems is proud to provide the Fire Scout's eyes that will aid our warfighters in identifying potential threats in the field,' said Earl R. Lewis, president and CEO of FLIR Systems. 'Successfully demonstrating simultaneous radar and electro-optical infrared digital video capability is a significant milestone for the Fire Scout program.'

Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout will provide unprecedented situational awareness and precision targeting support for future military and law enforcement agencies. The Fire Scout can find tactical targets, track and designate targets, accurately provide targeting data to strike platforms and perform battle damage assessment. With vehicle endurance greater than eight hours, Fire Scout will be capable of continuous operations providing coverage 110 nautical miles from any launch site.
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