FLIR Systems, Inc. announced it has been awarded a $26 million contract modification in support of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade (NBCRV SSU) program for the U.S. Army.
The Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement was awarded through the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) as a follow-on to a $48 million contract announced in April 2019.
FLIR is the lead integrator in modernizing the Army’s NBCRV system with improved and autonomous CBRN sensors. Earlier this year, the company delivered initial prototypes of the NBCRV SSU system for a focused assessment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Soldiers employed the FLIR prototype in realistic battlefield scenarios to sense and rapidly avoid CBRN hazards. The new contract allows FLIR to continue developing the Sensor Suite and to deliver mature prototypes for government testing in 2021.
Among other third-party solutions, the NBCRV Sensor Suite will feature capabilities of the FLIR R80D SkyRaider™ drone integrated with a specialized version of the FLIR IBAC bio-detection sensor. This next phase also will pair the NBCRV with a ground robotic vehicle to expand the system’s use with manned-unmanned teams. 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.
“Our ability to build and integrate manned and unmanned sensing solutions across a wide threat space is where FLIR differentiates itself,” said Vice President and General Manager of the Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions business at FLIR, Roger Wells. “Incorporating UAV and UGV platforms into NBCRV aligns with our efforts to develop full sensing capabilities that can act as force multipliers and boost mission success for our troops.
“Whether through air- or ground-based detection systems, FLIR is uniquely positioned in the defense industry with deep expertise in both intelligent sensor and autonomous systems technology that keeps warfighters safe,” Wells added.
Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV)
The Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV) — Stryker Sensor Suites is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance configuration of the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) in the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, Heavy Brigade Combat Teams and Chemical Companies.
The NBCRV—Stryker Sensor Suite consists of a dedicated system of CBRN detection, warning and biological-sampling equipment on a Stryker vehicle, a high-speed, high-mobility, armored carrier.
The NBCRV detects chemical, radiological and biological contamination in its immediate environment through the Chemical Biological Mass Spectrometer, Automatic Chemical Agent Detector Alarm, AN/VDR-2 Radiac Detector, AN/UDR-13 Radiac Detector and Joint Biological Point Detection Service Lightweight Standoff Chemical Agent Detector. It automatically integrates contamination information from detectors with input from onboard navigation and meteorological systems, and transmits digital Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warning messages through the vehicle’s command and control equipment to warn follow-on forces. The NBCRV can also collect samples for analysis.