FLIR Systems Inc., Portland, Ore., announced that its ICx Technologies subsidiary was awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) valued at up to $101.9 million, for the procurement of mobile surveillance capabilities systems. The five-year, firm, fixed-price contract included a $26 million funded base year with four option periods and called for integrated mobile surveillance and detection systems made to operate day and night in rugged areas of the U.S. southern border. FLIR's HRC-X ultra long range thermal imaging camera will be included on the vehicle-mounted surveillance towers. The award builds on ICx's 13 year history of providing CBP with tactical systems.

It is expected that work under this contract will be performed primarily out of FLIR's facilities in Alpharetta, Ga., and Wilsonville, Ore. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011.

"Helping protect the safety and security of the public and its borders is a key tenet of the FLIR product philosophy," said EarlLewis, president and chief executive officer of FLIR. "We are proud to have been chosen by CBP to provide high-value, next generation surveillance systems that will greatly ease the significant challenges faced by U.S. border agents."

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