FLIR Systems to deliver Black Hornet PRS units to US Army

31 May 2018 (Last Updated May 31st, 2018 14:53)

Sensor systems manufacturer FLIR Systems has secured a new contract from the US Army for the delivery of Black Hornet personal reconnaissance systems (PRS).

FLIR Systems to deliver Black Hornet PRS units to US Army
A FLIR Black Hornet personal reconnaissance system. Credit: Pfc. Rhita Daniel

Sensor systems manufacturer FLIR Systems has secured a new contract from the US Army for the delivery of Black Hornet personal reconnaissance systems (PRS).

Under the deal, valued at $2.6m, FLIR Systems will deliver the PRS units that will help support squad-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the army’s first batch order for the soldier borne sensor (SBS) programme.

The US Army acquired the FLIR Black Hornet PRS units for testing and evaluation purposes in both 2016 and 2017.

"This contract demonstrates the strong demand for nano-drone technology offered by FLIR and opens the way for broad deployment across all branches of the military."

The army intends to continue its assessment and roll out the PRS units for full operational deployment within all infantry units of the service.

FLIR Systems president and chief executive officer James Cannon said: “The US Army’s selection of FLIR to provide the Black Hornet PRS in this initial delivery of the SBS programme represents a key opportunity to provide soldiers in every US Army squad a critical advantage on the modern battlefield.

“This contract demonstrates the strong demand for nano-drone technology offered by FLIR and opens the way for broad deployment across all branches of the military.

“We’re proud to provide the highly-differentiated Black Hornet PRS to help support the US Government to achieve the objective of protecting its warfighters.”

Upon completion, Black Hornet PRS will be deployed for its expanded use in military surveillance and reconnaissance programmes.

FLIR will carry out the deliveries of the latest-generation Black Hornet PRS systems under the SBS programme this year.