drone helicopter | FLIR launches Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV

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FLIR Systems has launched the Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV for militaries, government agencies and first responders, the company announced on 5 June.

The next generation Black Hornet 3 will allow users to navigate in GPS-denied environments, enabling soldiers to maintain situational awareness, threat detection and surveillance.

With a weight of 32gms, the Black Hornet 3 includes two sensors, a controller and display. The UAS can fly 2km at speeds of over 21km per hour. The UAV incorporates sharper imaging processing featuring the FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera core and a visible sensor to allow greater image fidelity.

The UAV also features an improved encrypted military-approved digital datalink, enabling seamless communications and imagery beyond line-of-sight and in closed areas. The UAV can also be integrated into the Android Tactical Assault Kit utilised by the military to provide battlefield networks and distribution of information to anyone on the network.