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FLIR sensors for US Air Force MH-139s

31st December 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FLIR Systems has been selected by Boeing to provide its Star Safire 380-HDc EO/IR surveillance sensor in support of the US Air Force’s UH-1N helicopter replacement programme, the company announced on 19 December.

Boeing was awarded a $375.5 million contract for the non-developmental item integration of four MH-139 aircraft in September. This was a basic award of a contract, including options, valued at approximately $2.38 billion, which will provide for the acquisition and sustainment of up to 84 MH-139s, training devices and associated support equipment. If all options are exercised, the work is expected to be completed by September 2031.

The initial contract awarded to FLIR is for the first four helicopters, with the total contract of up to 84 MH-139 helicopters valued at more than $40 million to FLIR.

The replacement programme intends to replace the current fleet of US Air Force UH-1N helicopters, which support the air force’s nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The aircraft will also be used for training, test and operational support airlift missions.

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