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11 July 2016

FIA2016: FLIR Debuts Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc Airborne Thermal Imaging System

FLIR Systems today releases the new Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc high-definition compact airborne electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) targeting system. Featuring great size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-c), the Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc combines the latest FLIR sensor technology with precision laser designation to give light attack helicopters, and similar platforms true next-generation performance.

FLIR SYSTEMS Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc on Bell 407. (Photos: FLIR Systems)

With high-definition, multispectral imaging and precision laser designation integrated into a single compact system, the Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc eliminates the need to choose between system size, weight and targeting performance. Its compact design, ideal for smaller aircraft with limited ground clearance, provides a superior solution for locating, identifying and laser marking targets at maximum range.

Leveraging FLIR-designed and produced thermal and laser technologies, the Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc delivers significantly longer range Positive ID (PID) than FLIR's previous systems of this size and weight, making it a truly invaluable surveillance and intelligence-gathering force multiplier. Incorporating an internally developed long-range laser designator for precision engagements, and advanced laser spot-tracking and decoding, the Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc is the latest innovation driven by FLIR’s Commercially Developed, Military Qualified (CDMQ) model.

"As governments look to expand the mission portfolio of their rotary and fixed wing platforms, the Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc delivers extraordinary performance in a uniquely compact product," Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR, said. "Our unique CDMQ model allows us to bring products like the Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc to our military customers quickly and cost effectively.  The Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc’s next generation capabilities give airborne operators the tools to capture actionable intelligence and more effectively accomplish their missions day or night."

FLIR Debuts Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc Airborne Thermal Imaging System at Farnborough Airshow 2016, seen here on Bell 407. 

FLIR SYSTEMS Star SAFIRE 380-HLDc on Bell 407. (Photos: FLIR Systems)