FLIR Systems has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency to give support to its Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) program.
The contract has a ceiling value of £69.9m ($89m) and will see the firm provide its Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) to support French Armed Forces operations.
The Black Hornet PRS is reportedly the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System and is currently deployed in more than 30 countries.
The contract, which will be managed and executed by FLIR in Hvalstad, Norway, will enable troops to maintain situational awareness and carry out threat detection and surveillance.
Jim Cannon, president and CEO at FLIR Systems, thinks the contract is important step for FLIR as a company.
He said: “We are honoured to support the French Armed Forces’ mission with the delivery of the Black Hornet PRS and related services. This award strengthens our partnership with the French Armed Forces and our focus on unmanned technology, an emerging area that is strategically critical to FLIR’s business.”