Teledyne FLIR Defense has secured a significant five-year contract valued at up to $93.9 million from the United States Army. The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement involves delivering the service with the cutting-edge Black Hornet® 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) and its spare parts and training.

This advanced nano-unmanned aerial system (UAS) has already proven its worth in the field and is set to enhance the Army’s surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

Compact, Silent, and Agile: Unveiling the Black Hornet 3 Nano-UAV

The Black Hornet 3 drones are part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program, which was initiated in 2018. This program aims to field one SBS to nearly every squad in the service, including more than 7,000 squads.

According to Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command Soldier Center systems engineer John Paul Kruszewski, the Soldier Borne Sensor System enables soldiers to acquire real-time situational awareness and comprehensive understanding within their operational area as required.

Since then, the Army has invested more than $125 million in the versatile and adaptable Black Hornet 3 drones.

Soldier Borne Sensor
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These small but powerful nano-UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have been instrumental in augmenting squad and small unit surveillance operations.

One of the remarkable features of the Black Hornet 3 is its compact size and weight. Weighing a mere 33 grams, it is incredibly lightweight and easily deployable. Additionally, the drone operates silently, allowing for stealthy reconnaissance missions.

It boasts an impressive flight time of up to 25 minutes, providing operators with valuable real-time information. The Black Hornet PRS effectively sends live video and high-definition still images to the operator, facilitating instant situational awareness even in challenging and contested environments.