FLIR will provide additional Black Hornet Nano-UAVs to the U.S. Army, after being awarded an additional contract. The Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) is used to augment the Army’s squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Soldier Borne Sensor(SBS) program.
Nearly orders worth $85 million have been placed by the US army for the nano-sized UAV. The US army has been acquiring the Black Hornet 3 UAVs since September 2018 to support the SBS program.
Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems are combat-proven, lightweight, pocket-sized, and are designed for challenging operating environments. The Black Hornet Nano-UAVs have an almost silent flight. It can transmit live video and HD still images back to the operator and has an endurance of up to 25 minutes. These inputs provide soldiers on the ground with prompt covert situational awareness, which helps them in carrying out their mission more effectively.
More than 12000 Black Hornet nano-UAVs have been delivered by FLIP to defense and security forces worldwide.
According to Roger Wells, VP and general manager of Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions at FLIR,
Unmanned systems like our Black Hornet provide enhanced standoff and safety to troops in harm’s way, which is critical as militaries intensify their plans for multi-domain operations. We’re honored the Black Hornet plays an integral part in the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor program. Every new order is a testament to the difference this technology can make on the battlefield and renews our commitment to advancing the science.