Collaboration in Civic Spheres

Oregon firms cash in on weapons, defense gear and services

by October 4th, 2012

It’s been a good week for FLIR Systems Inc. of Wilsonville, Oregon, just 18 miles south of Portland off Interstate 5. The thermal imaging technology manufacturer booked $33 million in sales to U.S. defense agencies in just seven business days. FLIR won three separate contracts from the Army or Navy over that short stretch for thermal image binoculars, multi-sensor targeting systems, and infra-red imaging systems. Meanwhile, last week Evergreen Helicopter Inc.of McMinnville, Oregon secured a $10.1 million dollar agreement with the Army to supply transportation services for personnel and equipment in the Central African Republic.

Last week FLIR was awarded a $7 million deal by the U.S. Amy Contracting Command in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to supply thermal image binoculars for an unnamed foreign government as part of the U.S.’s Foreign Military Sales program. The work will be done in various, as yet unspecified locations and is to be finished by September 30, 2015.

On September 28th, FLIR won a $17 million contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana to build “multi-sensor targeting systems and sustainment” for the BRITE STAR II project. All the work is to be done in Wilsonville, with an expected completion date of September 2017. BRITE STAR II identifies targets, is used to guide attacks, performs armed reconnaissance and surveillance, and is used on military fighting vehicles, naval patrol boats and helicopters, and army helicopters.

Then on Oct. 2 FLIR landed a $9 million dollar job from the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Contracting Command for the company’s SAFIRE II System components. Work will all be done in Wilsonville and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2013. SAFIRE II‘s infra-red imaging is used by 60 kinds of aircraft worldwide for search and rescue reconnaissance and surveillance, border and coastal patrol and force protection.

According to a company backgrounder, FLIR was founded in 1978 and focused on production of infrared imaging systems used in energy audits of vehicles. The firm subsequently expanded into the design, manufacturing and marketing of an array of sensor systems for commercial, industrial and government clients. FLIR’s 2010 revenues were $1.4 billion. The company employs 3,215 people and does business in more than 100 nations.

Meanwhile, last week another Oregon company got in on U.S. defense contracting action, as well. Evergreen Helicopter Inc. of McMinnville on September 26 secured a $10.1 million dollar agreement with the Rock Island, Illinois U.S. Army Contracting Command, “for transportation services for personnel and equipment” in the Central African Republic. The U.S. Africa Command operates five component commands in Africa to help African nations with peacekeeping initiatives. Evergreen’s work on the contract has an expected completion date of March 23, 2013.
RELATED: U.S. Department of Defense contract award announcements, updated each weekday at 2 p.m. EST. (Note: There is an internal “search contracts” capability to check on past awards by city, state or company name.)

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