File photo MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Cesar Salinas, an infantry Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, gives the PD-100 Black Hornet after a exercise for the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated test at Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 9, 2016. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Rhita Daniel/Released)
This personal, pocket-sized, stealthy nano-drone peace soldiers with direct access to a powerful eye in the sky.
Black Hornet flies over enemy troops and transmits live video and HD images back to the soldiers. So quiet and small, the nano-drone would be extremely difficult for an enemy force to recognize. Opponents would have no idea AMERICAN soldiers were watching them.
Designed to fly with a rotor blade, if you did not know better you could mistake Black Hornet for a toy helicopter. FLIR describes the drone as ” the world’s smallest ISR platform.”
Black Hornet is so small that they fit in the palm of a hand. It is only 6.6 cm long and surprisingly, it weighs just over an ounce. Despite the fact that it is so small, it provides capabilities similar to large drones because the technology is so advanced. With drone surveillance capabilities literally in the hand and always available is clearly a big advantage.
AMERICAN soldiers will be receiving the latest generation of the Black Hornet. This week at the Eurosatory in Paris, Black Hornet 3 is revealed for the first time. The earlier version, Black Hornet 2, and also shown, integrated with two different combat vehicles: the BAE Systems CV90 infantry fighting vehicle and the Patria AMV armored vehicle.
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Among the advances with Black Hornet 3 are day and night sensors and new software. The new tech is expected to deliver developments such as enhanced picture quality.
On May 30, the U.S. Army has announced that it is acquiring $2.6 million to Black. The nano-drones can help improve security, reduce risks to soldiers and help to save military lives.
The combat proven, NATO allies, such as Great Britain have long been making use of the small drone in war zones, and now the AMERICAN troops are using it on a large scale.
How does it work?
Squads equipped with Black Hornet find that it can offer a number of advantages.
Ultra lightweight, the drone can be carried in a compact kit in a utility belt. Soldiers can use them for missions during the day, but also night. Both the thermal during the day and provides live video and snapshots.
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Within a few moments, the Black Hornet can be initiated to direct situational awareness for all types of missions.
The drone can travel up to speeds of 14mph. Something so small and light and can be easily thrown by the wind. The design of the Black Hornet rest with about 22 km / h wind tolerance. It can even fly in bad weather.
Soldiers familiar with video games will find it just as easy to fly the Black Hornet.
Opponents can actively refuse the use of a GPS or a team needs to send the drone into a structure or underground where the GPS can be affected. This drone can still land and launch when the GPS is not available.
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How can it be useful?
From an external position, soldiers can start the Black Hornet. At a safe distance of approximately 1.25 miles of a threat, the drone can help them conduct surveillance and reconnaissance. Seeing through the drone’s eyes, soldiers can see and assess threats that are out of view.
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Teams can also be a launch of Black Hornet to help them quickly engage targets from far away and at a safer distance from the threat.
Ied’s are a common and lethal threat to U.S. troops in war zones. Soldiers can launch from the nano-drone to search for Explosives that opponents have hidden. Using the video feeds, soldiers were able to locate the bombs on the route, and to take steps to ensure that they do not cause damage to the AMERICAN troops and their allies.
Black Hornets can also identify ambushes lying in wait ahead, and identify safer routes for the team. If a team knows what there on forward, it is possible to travel faster.
In urban environments, Black Hornets could fly forward to reveal what happens around the corners of the buildings. They can also be launched to fly through windows before an attack, for example. Knowing details like the number of opponents in a structure, where they are and how they are armed can be crucial.
Despite its small size, the drone can fly missions for 25 minutes.
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What is the following?
Nano-drones are in high demand by both friendly and unfriendly forces for military surveillance and reconnaissance – the U.S. army is no exception and is looking for the best to give to the soldiers.
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In 2016 and 2017, the Army bought the Black Hornet for the testing and evaluation.
The Army gets the newest generation of Black Hornet in this order, with deliveries expected this year. Wider roll-out in all infantry units can hopefully one day be a possibility.
The Australian and French armies are expected to start with the implementation of Black Hornet 3 also.
The Black Hornet can be used in the future for vehicles. Of MRZRs and tanks through to the iconic howitzers that fire destructive shells, these nano-drones can be launched from military vehicles for situational awareness and in support of targeting.
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.