FLIR Systems has been awarded a $26 million other transaction agreement for the Army's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade program, the company announced today.
The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense executed the award as a follow-on to a $48 million contract announced in April 2019, according to FLIR.
"FLIR is the lead integrator in modernizing the Army's NBCRV system with improved and autonomous CBRN sensors," the company said in a press release. "Earlier this year, the company delivered initial prototypes of the NBCRV SSU system for a focused assessment at Ft. Bliss, TX.
"Soldiers employed the FLIR prototype in realistic battlefield scenarios to sense and rapidly avoid CBRN hazards," the contractor continued. "The new contract allows FLIR to continue developing the Sensor Suite and to deliver mature prototypes for government testing in 2021."
This next phase will pair the NBCRV with a robotic ground vehicle to expand the system's use with manned-unmanned teams, the release states.
"A FLIR-developed command and control system will bring together all devices and platforms with sensor fusion and automation features that lessen the cognitive burden on users and improve decision-making," it adds.