U.S. Army units will soon be getting a nano drone that promises to revolutionize operations. The Black Hornet is a vehicle reconnaissance system (VRS) and falls under the unmanned aerial system (UAS) category. It is designed and manufactured by FLIR Systems, one of the world’s largest companies specializing in the development and production of high-quality thermal imaging cameras, components, and imaging devices and sensors.
According to FLIR Systems, the Black Hornet VRS comes with “an immediate, organic, and self-contained surveillance and reconnaissance system” and can be fitted to and launched from vehicles. Although the launch apparatus is placed on the outside of the vehicle, it can be launched electronically from an operator within the vehicle, thus ensuring safety and 360-degree situational awareness.
The Black Hornet VRS is the vehicle-borne equivalent of the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS). The Black Hornet PRS enables dismounted troops to achieve fast and stealthy situational awareness.