FLIR Systems wins contract from US Army for video surveillance drones

FLIR Systems has been awarded a $2.6 million order from the United States Army for airborne video surveillance units.

Specifically, FLIR will provide its Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS), which is used by soldiers for surveillance and reconnaissance.

The FLIR Black Hornet PRS equips the dismounted soldier with immediate covert situational awareness. This technology bridges the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, providing the same amount of situational awareness as larger units, FLIR said. This pocket-sized unit is extremely light and nearly silent with a flight time of up to 25 minutes. It transmits live video and HD still images back to the operator.

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