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U.S. Navy avionics experts needed multi-sensor electro-optical targeting systems for the UH-1 manned helicopter, the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, and other unmanned vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They found their solution from FLIR Systems Inc. in Wilsonville, Ore.

Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., awarded a $136.6 million contract to FLIR this week for BRITE Star Block II multi-sensor targeting imager for the manned and unmanned helicopters. The contract includes BRITE Star I upgrades, cables, and maintenance.

The electro-optical sensor systems are for the Naval Air Systems Command’s UH-1 program and the Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program, Navy officials say. The contract was awarded sole-source.

The BRITE Star Block II multi-sensor targeting imager provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as target detection, identification, and designation in daylight and at night for manned and unmanned aircraft.

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