FLIR Systems has been awarded a contract to continue support for the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Nuclear, biological, and chemical dismounted reconnaissance sets, kits, and outfits (DR SKO) programme.
The $51.1m contract represents the second full-rate production order under a five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, and covers the supply of FLIR’s integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat response system and related spares and services.
FLIR president and chief executive officer Andy Teich said: "Our continued success under the DR SKO programme is the result of FLIR’s commitment to product execution and customer support.
"We are pleased to support the US Government with these integrated systems that are designed to protect people against serious threats."
The FLIR DR SKO system provides an integrated set of CBRNE detection, identification, sample collection, testing, and personal safety kits that enables military personnel to perform site assessment and consequence management missions.
Production under the contract is expected to be carried out at the company’s facility in Elkridge, Maryland, US, with deliveries anticipated to take place from September to April 2016.
Originally called the Joint Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System Increment II (JNBCRS2), the DR SKO programme is a joint-service, DoD initiative focused on CBRNE threat detection systems that will be used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Civil Support Teams.
In development since 2008, the programme provides personnel protection from CBRN hazards, as well as detection, identification, sample collection, decontamination, marking, and hazard reporting of CBRN threats.
FLIR received a full-rate production decision from the DoD in April 2014, alongside a $12.3m order from the army for low-rate initial production of DR SKO systems as well as a $5.8m award for programme management and logistics tasks related to the project.