In a daring leap into the future of military reconnaissance, Teledyne FLIR Defense is placing its bets on a drone so small it can easily nestle in the palm of a soldier’s hand.

Teledyne FLIR Defense, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has unveiled its latest innovation in unmanned aerial vehicles: the Black Hornet 4.

Introduced at the recent Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual conference, this remarkable nano-drone is set to revolutionize the way military and reconnaissance operations are conducted—offering superior performance and capabilities in a compact and lightweight design.

The Evolution of Black Hornet Nano-Drones

The Black Hornet series, known for its exceptional utility in military and security applications, has come a long way from its inception.

Its early iteration, the Black Hornet 1, was first introduced by the Norwegian company Prox Dynamics, bought by Teledyne FLIR in 2016, aiming to provide an invaluable tool to soldiers and amp up situational awareness.