Flir / Raymarine Selected by the US Coast Guard for AIS-2
FLIR Systems Awarded US Coast Guard Contract with Value of $9.9M to Support Encrypted Automatic Identification Systems
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (October 16, 2018) – FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Second Generation Automatic Identification System (AIS-2) program. The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $9.9 million to provide second generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders, associated peripherals, and spare parts for nearly 1,774 boats and 282 cutters in the USCG’s active fleet.
The government anticipates the purchase of vessel class-specific kits and spare parts to equip all USCG vessels with AIS-2 over the next five years.
“We are pleased to provide AIS hardware and software technology to support the US Coast Guard’s mission,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR. “Our technology will provide enhanced levels of secure communication and coordination between Coast Guard boats, cutters, and shore stations. This award further extends our technology partnership with the Coast Guard, providing next-generation communication capabilities to complement their Raymarine SINS-2 navigation systems.”
The contract will be managed and executed by the FLIR Commercial Business Unit in the Nashua, New Hampshire facility.
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It’s hard to research encrypted AIS, sometimes called Blue Force AIS, but I’m hopeful that it that it will not affect the AIS system we know and love unless a situation develops when we shouldn’t be out on the water anyway. Continuous Wave has some information that may still pertain: