FLIR Systems Part of Team Providing Aircraft, Training, and Support for U.S.
Air Force Light Air Support Mission
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 04/17/13 -- FLIR Systems, Inc.
(NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it is part of the supplier
network selected by the U.S. Air Force under its recently awarded
Light Air Support (LAS) contract. On February 28, 2013, the U.S. 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 U.S. government partner-building efforts in
Afghanistan and other partner nations.
On March 29, 2013, 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 A-29 Super Tucano. 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, OR.
"Being selected to provide our highly advanced imaging systems for
the LAS program 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
The A-29 Super Tucano will be built in Jacksonville, FL, by U.S.
workers and with parts supplied by U.S. companies. Over 88 percent of
the Super Tucano is made from parts supplied by U.S. companies, like
FLIR, or countries that qualify under the Buy America Act. FLIR is
among 100 U.S. suppliers in 20 states that will provide parts or
services for the LAS program. At least 1,200 U.S. jobs will be
supported through this contract. More information about the A-29
Super Tucano and the LAS program are available at
About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and
marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness.
The Company's advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems
are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security
applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance,
condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process
control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation,
transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental
monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and
explosives (CBRNE) detection. Visit the Company's web site at
The statements in this release by Earl Lewis and the other statements
in this release about the LAS program and the order described above
are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based
on current expectations, estimates, and projections about FLIR's
business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These
statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks
and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual
outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or
forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous
factors, including the following: the ability to manufacture and
deliver the systems referenced in this release, changes in demand for
FLIR's products, product mix, the timing of deliveries under the
order discussed above, the impact of competitive products and
pricing, constraints on supplies of critical components, excess or
shortage of production capacity, the ability of FLIR to manufacture
and ship products in the time period required, FLIR's continuing
compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations, and other
risks discussed from time to time in FLIR's Securities and Exchange
Commission filings and reports. In addition, such statements could be
affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates,
and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such
forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they
are made and FLIR does not undertake any obligation to update any
forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after
the date of this release, or for changes made to this document by
wire services or Internet service providers.
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