Flir Systems announces $16 million order for counterterrorism product

Flir Systems, Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based developer of sensor systems, announced a $16 million order on Monday for its thermal binoculars from an Asian government customer that is allied strategically with the U.S.

The work under the order for Flir's Recon B2-FO integrated dual-channel thermal binoculars will take place in Flir's Billerica, Mass.-based facility. Shipments are expected to be completed within the next 12 months.

"We are very pleased to have been selected to provide these high performance long-range handheld imaging systems for this counter-terrorism mission," Andy Teich, the president and CEO of Flir, said. "Once again, our (commercially-developed, military qualified) model of developing, manufacturing, and distributing military-qualified imaging systems on a commercial basis has yielded a product that optimizes size, weight, power, and global supportability."

Flir said the longstanding Flir customer that completed the order is one of the largest users of the company's Recon product line.

"This significant follow-on order from this customer demonstrates the effectiveness of our strategy and the long-term nature of our customer relationships," Teich said.

Flir designs, manufactures and markets sensor systems used to increase perception and awareness. The company's threat detection and thermal imaging systems are used for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives detection. The systems can also be used in search and rescue, border and maritime control and airborne and ground-based surveillance.