GA-ASI Chooses FLIR Systems' Star SAFIRE 380 for Predator XP

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced on Feb. 22 that the Star SAFIRE 380-HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) as the leading EO/IR sensor candidate for various Predator XP Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) pursuits in the Middle East and North Africa.

GA-ASU Predator XP

Offering comparable ISR capabilities as Predator, Predator XP has been licensed by the U.S. government to be proposed for sale to a broader customer base, including countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Star SAFIRE 380-HD, a second generation HD sensor, is a gyro-stabilized, multi-spectral, high-definition, digital EO/IR system. It has high structural rigidity, suitable for installation and operation on a wide range of UAS, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and ships. Its internal IMU allows high-accuracy geo-pointing, stabilization and referencing. Star SAFIRE 380-HD is configured to operate simultaneously in the visible, near-IR and mid-wave bands.

“This selection highlights FLIR’s position as a leading supplier of thermal HD imaging sensor systems,” said Bill Sundermeier, president of FLIR Government Systems. “We are pleased to partner with GA-ASI in providing situational awareness and real-time surveillance to protect coalition forces operating in the Middle East and North Africa.”

The HD integration and testing will begin in March.

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