Teledyne FLIR Defense has been awarded a $14 million contract to provide additional Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the US Army as part of the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.
The advanced nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
The US Army began acquiring Black Hornet 3s in late 2018 to support the SBS effort. Since then, it has placed orders totaling nearly $115 million for the multi-faceted nano drone.
Extremely light and designed 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.
“The Black Hornet is one tough small package with tremendous capabilities that gives warfighters much needed situational understanding and standoff before undertaking dangerous operations,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, executive vice president and general manager of Teledyne FLIR Defense. “We are proud to support the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor program for more than three years and will continue to invest in nano-UAS technologies that are changing today’s battlefield.”
The Black Hornet nano-UAVs are designed and built by Teledyne FLIR in Norway. The company has delivered more than 20,000 Black Hornets to defense and security forces worldwide. Deliveries of the latest SBS orders will begin midyear 2022.