Saturday, December 3, 2022

U.S. Army awards FLIR with $48M contract in support of NBCRV SSU program

U.S. defense contractor FLIR Systems Inc said on Thursday it had got a $48.1 million order in support of the Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade (NBCRV SSU) program for the U.S. Army.

It has received an award from the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND).

According to a news release put out by FLIR, the Other Transaction Authority Agreement (OTA) is valued at $48.1 million, with execution extending through mid-2022.


FLIR will be the lead integrator in the modernization of the U.S. Army’s NBCRV system. Under the agreement, FLIR will develop a platform agnostic modular mission payload, which integrates multiple chemical, biological and radiological sensors into a flexible command and control (C2) system. This C2 system will allow for data integration from the various sensors that will enable automation of certain tasks, reducing warfighter burden. The C2 system and the automation will allow for collaboration between manned Stryker vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and sensor integrated drone platforms.

“We are proud to be chosen by the U.S. Army as the lead developer and integrator for this key ground combat capability,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “This contract represents a significant example of our evolution from sensors to intelligent sensing to solutions that save lives and livelihoods. We will provide a wide selection of capabilities in this manned and unmanned platform application to help customers achieve successful mission outcomes.”

Army DACM Office early has reported that the Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV) — Sensor Suites is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance configuration of the Infantry Carrier Vehicle in the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, Heavy Brigade Combat Teams and Chemical Companies.

The NBCRV—Stryker Sensor Suite consists of a dedicated system of CBRN detection, warning and biological-sampling equipment on a Stryker vehicle (high-speed, high-mobility, armored carrier). The NBCRV detects chemical, radiological and biological contamination in its immediate environment through the Chemical Biological Mass Spectrometer, Automatic Chemical Agent Detector Alarm, AN/VDR-2 Radiac Detector, AN/UDR-13 Radiac Detector and Joint Biological Point Detection Service Lightweight Standoff Chemical Agent Detector. It automatically integrates contamination information from detectors with input from onboard navigation and meteorological systems, and transmits digital Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warning messages through the vehicle’s command and control equipment to warn follow-on forces. The NBCRV can also collect samples for analysis.

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