US army to receive Black Hornet

US army to receive Black Hornet

FLIR Systems has received a $39.6 Million contract to deliver Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the U.S. army.

The nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems delivered under this contract will support platoon and small unit level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program.

The U.S. Army awarded in June 2018 the first SBS phase contract to FLIR for an initial batch of Black Hornet PRS. These systems are being delivered now to the U.S Army for initial integration into the force.

“We are proud to be selected by the U.S. Army for the SBS Program of Record. This contract represents a significant milestone with the operational large-scale deployment of nano-UAVs into the world’s most powerful Army,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. “This contract is a major win for the newly established Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions business division at FLIR and demonstrates the strong and urgent demand for nano-UAV technology offered by FLIR. Protecting U.S. warfighters with our unmanned solutions is a key objective for FLIR.”

This contract expands the use of FLIR’s Black Hornet PRS for Army surveillance and reconnaissance programs. FLIR has delivered over 8,000 Black Hornet nano-UAVs around the world.

On the other hand, PD-100 type Black Hornet is used in our country by the Special Forces Command, as well as by the teams affiliated with the Gendarmerie Commando Special Public Security Command (JÖAK).

The FLIR Black Hornet PRS equips the non-specialist dismounted soldier with immediate covert situational awareness (SA). Game-changing EO and IR technology bridges the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, with the same SA as a larger UAV and threat location capabilities of UGVs. Extremely light, 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.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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