02 Jul 08. FLIR Systems, Inc. has received a $6.3m order from the General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defense for the company’s Star SAFIRE(R) III stabilized, multi-sensor systems. The units delivered under this order will be installed on fixed-wing surveillance platforms for use in counter-smuggling and counter-terror missions within the United Arab Emirates. The order is a follow-on option to a previously signed contract between FLIR and the General Headquarters. This $6.3m option brings the total value of the contract award to over $34 million within the past year. Work on this order will be performed at FLIR’s facilities in Portland, Oregon and deliveries are expected to be completed within the next twelve months.
Jun 08. Police officers may have to be a little more restrained about restraining prisoners, because of a looming shortage of handcuffs. The company that makes cuffs for the majority of Britain’s police forces is closing down this week, prompting something of a short-term supply problem. Hiatt & Company, which has been making handcuffs, leg-irons, manacles and other gruesome devices to shackle humans for more than 200 years, will shut its Birmingham workshops within days. BAE Systems, Hiatt’s parent company, confirmed that the British business was closing within a fortnight and that 15 jobs would be lost. (Source: The Times)