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FLIR Receives $13 Million Order from Colombian Defense Ministry

January 18, 2008

The Colombian Air Force will use the company's Star SAFIRE HD stabilized, multi-sensor systems onboard its helicopters for national security and counter-narcotics missions.


PORTLAND, OR /Marketwire/ -- FLIR Systems Inc. announced that it has received a $13 million order from the Colombian Ministry of Defense for its Star SAFIRE HD stabilized, multi-sensor systems. The Colombian Air Force will use the units delivered under this order onboard helicopters in performance of national security and counter-narcotic missions.

This competitively awarded program validates the expanding requirements for FLIR's technology in the international defense marketplace. FLIR was chosen for the Star SAFIRE HD's system performance, as well as the company's regional support capabilities. The Star SAFIRE is a 3rd generation system, providing a fully digital high-definition image from all of its imaging sensors in an environmentally rugged design. Customer support, training, and integration services will be performed from FLIR's licensed maintenance facility located in Bogota, Colombia.

Work will be performed at FLIR's facility in Portland, OR. Deliveries are expected to take place during the second half of 2008.

"This contract, representing an expansion of our international market opportunity for national security applications, leverages our investment in best-in-class technology and a global support infrastructure," said Earl R. Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR Systems Inc. "We are pleased the Colombian Ministry of Defense has chosen FLIR products for this critical mission."

About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems for a wide variety of thermography and imaging applications, including condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, airborne observation and broadcast, search and rescue, drug interdiction, surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and ground-based security.


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