PORTLAND, OR --- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and FLIR Systems, Inc. jointly announced today that Bell Helicopter has selected FLIR's BRITE Star II airborne stabilized multi-sensor system as the Target Acquisition Sensor Suite (TASS) for the US Army's Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH-70A) Program. FLIR was selected following a Dual Path Development Program designed to reduce program risk.
The BRITE Star II is a commercially developed, military-qualified multi-sensor system that incorporates an advanced third-generation thermal imager, a CCD-TV camera, a laser designator and a laser rangefinder. The predecessor to the BRITE Star II is currently fielded on the US Marine Corps' fleet of UH-1N "Huey" helicopters, many of which are in theater in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We are delighted to have won this award from Bell and to be selected to provide this critical system for an important Army aviation program," said Earl Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. "This selection demonstrates FLIR's ability to provide state-of-the-art commercially developed, military qualified products to the US Armed Forces. We are confident that the BRITE Star II will deliver outstanding results for the US Army as its predecessor has done for the US Marine Corps," he concluded.
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems for a wide variety of thermography and imaging applications including condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, airborne observation and broadcast, search and rescue, drug interdiction, surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring and ground-based security.