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Marine Corps Awards Teledyne FLIR Defense Potential $249M Contract for Advanced Drone Systems

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Marine Corps Awards Teledyne FLIR Defense Potential $249M Contract for Advanced Drone Systems

Teledyne FLIR Defense has secured a contract valued at up to $249 million from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command as part of the latter’s Organic Precision Fires-Light program.

The OPF-L program focuses on equipping rifle squads and platoons with man-portable, reusable drone systems capable of engaging targets beyond its line of sight, enhancing the Marines’ offensive capabilities by offering a precise strike option against unseen enemies, Teledyne FLIR said.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year performance period with an additional three-year option. Under the contract, Teledyne FLIR Defense will provide the Marines with small, advanced vertical take-off and landing loitering munition systems.

According to Teledyne FLIR, its drones have proven successful in trials against various targets, including stationary and moving armor, vehicles and dismounted troops. Its reusability is meant to increase Marines’ firepower and reduce their load during deployments.

Dr. JihFen Lei, Teledyne FLIR’s executive vice president and general manager, emphasized the system’s versatility and adaptability, highlighting its ability to address the diverse threats Marines encounter in today’s battlefield.

The first batch of 127 loitering munition systems will be delivered to the Marines for testing and evaluation later in the summer.

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