John Beckner, owner and director of Horizon Technologies, is pleased to announce that 2016 was the company’s most successful year. Our FlyingFish™ business tripled, and our consulting business provided increased revenue. Our 2016 sales from both business segments were well over $6 million.
FlyingFish™ sales were up dramatically over 2015. In three short years, FlyingFish™ has become the key sensor in seaborne refugee rescue. At a government conference in November in Italy, a Royal Navy speaker announced that in October alone, FlyingFish™ was responsible for the rescue of 7,000 refugees in the Mediterranean as part of the 176,000 refugees rescued by Frontex/NATO-affiliated forces in 2016. FlyingFish™ also remains a key tool in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups, and continues to be considered mission-essential equipment on most intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. In 2016, we released our FlyingFish™ (M) product for the airborne search and rescue market. FlyingFish™ (M) is unique in that it has a GSM module so both GSM and satphones can be located at sea to save lives.
Our consulting business segment also had a very profitable year for our current partners General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, and United Technologies. While our night vision goggles (NVG) and Eurofighter businesses were at the same levels as 2015, we were involved in a major classified ISR aircraft acquisition by a European government agency (FMS/DCS program).
In 2016, Horizon opened two new offices. We moved out of our Aldermaston facility in the UK due to space limitations, and relocated our FlyingFish™ operations facility to Reading, Berkshire, close to Heathrow airport. In the US, due to increasing business with US primes as well as the US government, we opened Horizon Technologies, LLC, with our office in Washington, D.C.
Looking ahead to 2017, we will be announcing our third generation FlyingFish™ series at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi, which will include the new FlyingFish™ (D), which monitors multiple sat services simultaneously. We will also be releasing new Horizon mission software in 2017 to allow better integration with airborne tactical data management systems, and stand-alone software for those aircraft needing tactical mission software to integrate FlyingFish™ with multiple ISR sensors. At Le Bourget in June, we will be announcing the first customer for our Xtender (pat. pending) technology targeted at the small UAV market.