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Norway selects Star SAFIRE 380-HDc for AW101 fleet

29th May 2014 - 10:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


FLIR Systems will supply its Star SAFIRE 380-HDc airborne thermal imaging system to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for installation onto the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s fleet of AW101 helicopters. The contract for the equipment was announced on 28 May.

Norway’s AW101 helicopters are scheduled to begin arriving from AgustaWestland from 2017. Sixteen aircraft are on order under a contract signed in December 2013. The aircraft will fulfill Norway’s All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH) programme.

The Star SAFIRE 380-HDc will bring aircrew high-definition multispectral imaging for the SAR role in what is one of the harshest SAR environments in the world. The system combines long stand-off observation capabilities in a compact physical size. It contains advanced payload configurations with multiple high definition sensors, including a full native high definition infrared camera with zoom optics.

The specific Star SAFIRE 380-HDc configuration selected for NAWSARH includes the latest high definition variants of infrared (IR), day-camera, and short wave infrared (SWIR) sensors, coupled with GeoLock high accuracy scene coordinate location, Moving Target Indication, and augmented image enhancement.

Thomas A Surran, chief operating officer, FLIR, said: ‘FLIR is proud to be selected by the Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Security and AgustaWestland for the NAWSARH programme.

‘We take pride in our ability to offer lifesaving technology to agencies around the world, and do so with our unique commercially-developed, military-qualified operating model that yields exceptional total cost of ownership, superior performance, high quality, and excellent support for our customers. Together with AgustaWestland, our products and people will be there when people in distress need the right technology and service to be brought to safety.’

FLIR will begin deliveries this year, with an in-service date of 2017.


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