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FLIR Launches Next-Gen BLACK HORNET 3 Nano-UAV

FLIR Systems, Inc. yesterday announced the BLACK HORNET 3 nano-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for use by global militaries, government agencies, and first responders; this latest version enables operation in GPS-denied areas.


Press Release: The BLACK HORNET Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) is already the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and FLIR’s next generation BLACK HORNET 3 nano-UAV adds 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.


FLIR BLACK HORNET 3 in flight [© FLIR]

The BLACK HORNET PRS has been fielded by over 30 nations over the past seven years and continues to represent the cutting-edge in the combat nano-UAS space, enabling small combat units, SWAT teams, and first responders with immediately available intelligence, target-acquisition, and reconnaissance capability. At 32 grammes, the BLACK HORNET 3 offers the lowest size, weight, and performance for UAS available.


Offering improved speed and distance compared to previous versions, the BLACK HORNET 3 flies two kilometres at speeds of over 21 kilometres 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. The design also features an improved encrypted military-approved digital datalink, enabling seamless communications and imagery significantly beyond line-of-sight and in closed areas.



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 $2.6 million order from the United States Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) programme to deliver the BLACK HORNET in a first batch order. Units delivered for the SBS programme, in addition to units recently deployed by the Royal 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. The latest BLACK HORNET will be demonstrated at EUROSATORY 2018 in Paris.

The new BLACK HORNET 3 hand-launched nano-UAV enables operations in GPS-denied areas [© FLIR]

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