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An additional batch of advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be delivered to the US Army. FLIR System has won an additional $15.4 million contract to deliver its Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the Army.
The nano-UAVs are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.
Since 2018, when the U.S. Army began acquiring Black Hornet 3’s, it has placed orders totaling more than $85 million for the FLIR nano-UAV.
Extremely light and well suited for operations in contested environments, nearly silent, and with a flight time up to 25 minutes, the combat-proven, pocket-sized Black Hornet PRS transmits live video and HD still images back to the operator. Its information feed provides soldiers with immediate covert situational awareness to help them perform missions more effectively. FLIR has delivered more than 12,000 Black Hornet nano-UAVs to defense and security forces worldwide.
“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,” according to the company’s announcement.