Flir's Light Air Support contract in force

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Flir Systems has announced that it is part of the supplier network selected by the US Air Force under its recently awarded Light Air Support (LAS) contract.

In February the US Air Force announced the selection of Sierra Nevada Corporation to supply aircraft for use by the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps and other future customers.

The aircraft that will be provided is the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano. The aircraft will be used to conduct flight training, aerial reconnaissance, and light air support operations and is a key element of US government efforts in Afghanistan and other partner nations.

As part of the LAS contract, Flir received a $22 million order for its Brite Star DP advanced imaging systems, to be integrated on to the aircraft. Deliveries under this order are expected to begin in June and continue throughout 2013 and 2014. Production of the Brite Star DP systems will be performed out of Flir's facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.

'Being selected to provide our highly advanced imaging systems for the LAS programme is indicative of the growing diversification of the customers, regions, and platforms that we serve,' said Earl Lewis, president and CEO of Flir.

'We have a proven ability to provide state-of-the-art technologies that are critical to protecting people and are pleased to be able to continue our success in the airborne market.'

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