FLIR buys Endeavor, positions itself to be next-gen defense robot leader

Endeavor Robotics purchased by FLIR

FLIR Systems Inc. is moving full-steam ahead in its quest to be known as a provider of unmanned systems, not just the thermal imaging cameras, sensors, and components inside them. Wilsonville, Ore.-based FLIR this week agreed to acquire Chelmsford, Mass.-based Endeavor Robotics for $385 million in cash.

This is the latest in a series of acquisitions by FLIR over the past few years. Last month, FLIR acquired Aeryon Labs, a leading developer of aerial drones for the global military, public safety, and critical infrastructure markets, for $200 million. Aeryon’s drones are deployed by 20 militaries in over 30 countries, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

And in late 2016, FLIR purchased Norway-based Prox Dynamics, which makes nano-sized drones for military and paramilitary intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, for

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