Miniature Black Hornet Nano unmanned helicopter gives unparalleled surveillance capability to the infantry

April 7, 2021
The Black Hornet's low cost allows for expanded battlefield role for the dragonfly-sized drone, and an equally low price tag means that it's expendable.

HVALSTAD, Norway – Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been changing the way wars are fought for nearly 30 years now. Since their breakthrough use in the first Gulf War, they've cemented their place on the battlefield. Hot Cars reports. Continue reading original article

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7 April 2021 -- When it comes to drones, though, bigger isn't always better. Maneuverability and concealability are two important qualities of a surveillance drone that don't improve with size.

FLIR Systems in Hvalstad, Norway, might have solved all of these problems, though, with the miniature Black Hornet Nano helicopter drone -- a bug-sized UAV that weighs in at about half an ounce with a size slightly less than four inches long.

The Black Hornet Nano is unparalleled in personal aerial surveillance. Able to lift out of a soldier's hand, it can work its way through tight spaces like hallways, to enable the infantry warfighter to deploy a UAV in exactly where it's needed.

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John Keller, chief editor
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