Enhanced Situational Awareness for US Coast Guard

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Advanced marine electronics systems will be supplied to the US Coast Guard for enhancing situational awareness and navigation capabilities. FLIR Systems has been awarded a $50 million contract to provide marine electronics systems under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Scalable Integrated Navigation Systems 2 (SINS-2) program.

The contract term is five-years, providing the purchaser a right to extend delivery for an additional five years. Deliveries will start within the next three months.

According to streetinsider.com, FLIR will provide electronics systems that will be standard fit on over 2,000 U.S. Coast Guard vessels, ranging from small-class boats through large cutter-class vessels.

The systems include Raymarine multi-function navigation displays, radars, sonars, remote instrument displays, and autopilots. All of these components will be integrated with the Raymarine Lighthouse operating system for simple operation, single-point upgradeability, and will include advanced features specifically developed for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Raymarine LightHouse operating system offers pre-programmed SAR (search and rescue) patterns to support search and rescue mission, allowing the Coast Guard to more effectively execute coordinated multi-vessel SAR operations.

The LightHouse based SINS-2 system also features advanced graphical target intercept tools and encrypted communications designed to increase safety, ensure situational awareness, and enhance mission success rates.

SINS-2 systems offer a rich integration with existing FLIR M-Series and SeaFLIRthermal imaging cameras currently in use by many U.S. Coast Guard boats and cutters. This integration will help the Coast Guard streamline configuration management, installation, and crew readiness while improving overall efficiency.

Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen by the U.S. Coast Guard as their supplier for the next generation of advanced situational awareness and marine navigation equipment. Produced under our unique Commercially Developed – Military Qualified model, the FLIR SINS-2 product suite offers powerful functionality, proven reliability, and simple operation, leveraging the strengths of both our FLIR and Raymarine product lines”.