US-based FLIR Systems has announced the launch of its Black Hornet 3 Nano unmanned aerial vehicle for use by global militaries, government agencies, and first responders.
The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS), which is already one of the world’s smallest combat-proven nanoUAVs, has been developed to include the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments, enabling the warfighter to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them.
The systems has been fielded by over 30 nations over the past seven years.
At 32 grams, FLIR claims the Black Hornet 3 offers the lowest SWAP (size, weight, and performance) for UAS available. Offering improved speed and distance compared to previous versions, the Black Hornet 3 flies 2 kilometers at speeds of over 21 kilometers an hour.
The Black Hornet 3 also incorporates sharper imaging processing, featuring the FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera core and a visible sensor to allow greater image fidelity.
Additionally, the Black Hornet 3 seamlessly integrates into the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) utilized by the military to provide battlefield networks and distribution of information to anyone on the network.
“We are excited to bring this advanced Black Hornet 3 to our warfighters and first responders,” said James Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR.
“With longer range and indoor flight capabilities, the latest generation Black Hornet provides full surveillance coverage continuity to the mission. The Black Hornet 3 is representative of FLIR’s new focus on providing full-solution technology, and we look forward to playing a role in helping modernize our military customers.”
Last week, FLIR announced it had been awarded a $2.6m (£2m) order from the United States Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program to deliver the Black Hornet in a first batch order. Units delivered for the SBS program, in addition to units recently deployed by the Australian Army and French Armed Forces, will be the Black Hornet 3.
The Black Hornet 3, which includes two UAV sensors, a controller, and display, is sold directly through FLIR and is available today to military, government agencies and law enforcement customers.