The Australian government awarded FLIR Systems a $6.8 Million firm-fixed-price order to deliver BLACK HORNET Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) in support of the Australian Army.

The units delivered under this contract will support platoon and troop level organic surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The Australian Army previously purchased the nano unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for test and evaluation purposes, leading to the awarded contract for full operational deployment after a re-competed tender.

“We are pleased to be selected by the Australian Army to provide this previously non-existent personal reconnaissance technology,” Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems said. “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.”

This contract expands the use of FLIR PRS for Army surveillance and reconnaissance programmes. FLIR Systems has delivered over 5,000 BLACK HORNET PRS around the world, reiterating the demand for the relatively new nano-UAV technology offered by FLIR Systems. Originally developed in 2007 and continually enhanced since then, BLACK HORNET has seen service in Afghanistan since 2011, where the UK, as launch customer, was also the first to deploy it operationally.

FLIR Systems will manufacture the systems in Oslo, Norway. Deliveries will begin in 2018 and be completed within one year.



The PD-100 BLACK HORNET 2, manufactured by Norwegian company Prox Dynamics, which was acquired by FLIR Systems late last year for $134 million, has been demonstrated to the police service and the state security agency as well as special operations groups of the armed forces, all of which have shown a degree of interest. Using FLIR Systems’ LEPTON thermal camera and with an endurance of up to 25 minutes, part of the UAS’ attraction is its light weight (18g) which dramatically reduces the prospects for casualties or collateral damage in the event of a crash for any reason. (Photo: DPM)

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