Handheld miniature UAV gives US army personal reconnaissance system capabilities with silent operation.
The American army has taken the Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) from FLIR Systems as part of an order worth over 20 million dollars.
Built in Norway, the Black Hornet 3 is an advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to provide small military units with surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the US army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.
The latest order provides more of the nano-UAVs on top of the existing ones that the army is using as part of the SBS program, just some of the 12,000 PRS’ being used currently internationally.
The nano-UAV is very light, practically silent and has a flight time of up to 25 minutes. The pocket-sized device transmits covert live video and HD still images to its operators to help them perform missions more effectively.
According to Roger Wells of FLIR, the Black Hornet has the capability to deliver a significant edge on the battlefield.