FLIR Systems and Sonardyne International win multi-million dollar UAE contract for coastal infrastructure security
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has teamed with Sonardyne International Ltd, UK on a substantial multi-million dollar project in the United Arab Emirates. The companies, with FLIR as the project leader, will provide a commercial-off-the shelf (COTS), integrated perimeter and coastal protection solution for a key coastal facility. The installed CommandSpace solution will provide multi-dimensional, wide area surveillance above and below the water line for comprehensive perimeter security.
Under the contract, FLIR will provide ground surveillance radars as well as thermal and CCD imagers. Sonardyne will provide its Sentinel IDS® diver detection sonar which automatically detects, tracks and classifies underwater threats at long ranges. As with all FLIR CommandSpace solutions, the entire system will be seamlessly integrated via the FLIR command and control software (C2) platform to display radar, sonar and optical data onto a single common operating picture (COP).
Sentinel tracks a closed circuit diver during a simulated attack on a vessel attending the Navdex exhibition in Abu Dhabi where the UAE contract was announced.
"The FLIR team has been pioneering this concept of wide area surveillance for over a decade and has seen increasing acceptance of the CommandSpace model," said Bill Sundermeier, president of FLIR Government Systems division. "By utilizing Sonardyne technologies, the installed solution will provide comprehensive subsea security as well."
John Ramsden, managing director of Sonardyne International Ltd commented: "This contract demonstrates that cost effective, integrated security solutions are now available for the protection of strategic waterside infrastructure."
This solution will constitute one of the first truly-integrated maritime domain awareness and intrusion detection solutions for coastal security.