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Following an award from the US Army in June for an initial batch of BLACK HORNET Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) in support of the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) programme, FLIR Systems has now received a $39.6 million contract for further quantities of the highly capable nano-UAV. Once integrated into the force, the systems will be used to enhance surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities at the platoon and small unit level.

We are proud to be selected by the US Army for the SBS Program of Record. This contract represents a significant milestone with the operational large-scale deployment of nano-UAVs into the world’s most powerful Army,” commented FLIR Systems President and CEO, Jim Cannon. “This contract is a major win for the newly -stablished Unmanned Systems & Integrated Solutions business division at FLIR and demonstrates the strong and urgent demand for nano-UAV technology offered by FLIR. Protecting US warfighters with our unmanned solutions is a key objective for FLIR.”

FLIR has delivered over 8,000 BLACK HORNET nano-UAVs around the world. (Photo: FLIR Systems)

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