FLIR Systems has secured a contract to supply Black Hornet personal reconnaissance systems (PRS) to the Australian Army.
The $6.8m contract was awarded to support platoon and troop-level organic surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
With this latest award, the use of FLIR PRS will be expanded for army surveillance and reconnaissance programmes.
FLIR Systems president and CEO Jim Cannon said: “We are pleased to be selected by the Australian Army to provide this previously non-existent personal reconnaissance technology.
“This recent contract highlights the increasing demand for the Black Hornet to be incorporated within the operational capability of the world’s leading militaries, providing immediate deployable security.”
Delivery of the PD-100 Black Hornet PRS will begin next year, and is scheduled to be completed within one year. FLIR will manufacture the systems in Oslo, Norway.
The Australian Army previously purchased the Black Hornet PRS for test and evaluation purposes. The latest contract was awarded for full operational deployment after a re-competed tender.
Said to be the first airborne and commercially available PRS, PD-100 equips end users with a highly mobile sensor system that provides immediate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
The Black Hornet 2 nano sensors allow the system to be operated almost anywhere and at any time without prior airspace coordination.
To date, more than 5,000 Black Hornet PRS have been delivered worldwide.