Black Hornet 3 in Development

2017-04-05

Black Hornet 3 in Development
FLIR’s Prox Dynamics unit is in the process of developing a new version of its PD-100 Black Hornet nano rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Janes has learned.

The new PD-100 Black Hornet 3 will feature a larger air vehicle, weighing as much as 35 g – the Black Hornet 2 has an all-up weight of 18 g.

The systems primary role is as a soldier-borne close reconnaissance asset will be maintained, with a concept of operations that sees it carried on a combat vest.

Ole Aguirre, director UAS business development for FLIR Systems, told Janes that the air vehicle will never exceed a weight of 63 g, as this would move it beyond the class 0 UAV status that it currently has and which frees it from flight restrictions.



Category:  UAV


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