FLIR

Black Hornet

The Black Hornet PRS equips the non-specialist dismounted soldier with immediate covert situational awareness (SA). Game-changing EO and IR technology bridges the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, with the same SA as a larger UAV and threat location capabilities of UGVs.

Extremely light, nearly silent, and with a flight time up to 25 minutes, the combat-proven, pocket-sized Black Hornet PRS transmits live video and HD still images back to the operator. Sold to qualified purchasers.


The FLIR Black Hornet

FLIR Black Hornet

Airborne Personal Reconnaissance System

Black Hornet PRS arms modern warfighters with an easy-to-carry, truly pocket-sized solution they can deploy anywhere day or night. Black Hornet PRS takes on the mission of quietly looking for threats around corners, overhead, or beyond the next ridge. Extremely light at 33 grams, nearly silent, and with a flight time of up to 25 minutes, the combat-proven, pocket-sized Black Hornet transmits live video and HD still images back to the operator’s safe location.

With a less-than 33-gram UAV, GCS with integral UAV containers, Black Hornet PRS is compact and requires minimal training. An upgraded GCS features removable mission data SD cards, increased processing capability, improved user interface, robust chargers, and enhanced vision-based navigation. Imagery is transmitted through encrypted data link with ranges up to 2 km to safely engage targets beyond visual line-of-sight. The world's smallest and lightest, the proven Black Hornet PRS provides dismounted soldiers autonomous, mission-critical SA.

 

  • Detect and identify threats day and night without being detected

  • Extraordinarily low visual and audible signatures and a small profile

  • Allow covert operation and increased security for dismounted soldiers

  • Rapidly engage targets beyond visual line-of-sight, and conduct weapon effectiveness assessment

SQUAD-LEVEL IMMEDIATE COVERT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Save lives and minimize collateral damage. Detect and identify threats day and night without being detected. Increase speed and expand maneuver options.

COVERT AIRBORNE SENSOR

Extraordinarily low visual and audible signatures and a light, small profile allow covert operation and increased security for dismounted soldiers.

BEYOND VISUAL LINE-OF-SIGHT CAPABILITY

Expand visual range in complex and urban environments. Rapidly engage targets beyond visual line-of-sight, and conduct real-time weapon effectiveness assessment.

Item

Rotor Diameter
123 mm (4.8 in)
Total length
168 mm (6.6 in)
Weight
33 grams (1.16 oz)

Signature

Visual Detection
Best in class, details upon request
Audio
Best in class, details upon request

Payload

Replaceable
Yes
Day Imager
2 EO Cameras
Night Imager
Fused thermal and EO with user selectable LED light

Mission Data

AES 256 encrypted Video, Snapshots, and Metadata
Removeable 64 Gb SD-card for mission data AES 256
STANAG 4609 and Cursor on Target (COT) compliant
ATAK Compatible
Can be integrated with selected BMS

Performance

Endurance
Up to 25 minutes
Max. speed
6 m/sec ground speed (~20 ft/sec)

Enviroment

Temperature
-10°C to +43°C
Wind
15 knots/gust 20 knots
Precipitation
2.5 mm (.1 in)//hr (Light rain)

Data Link

Frequency
Details on request
Radio Range
2 km (1.24 mi)
Performance
Encrypted, dynamic power, frequency hopping, beyond line-of- sight

Launch Time

30-120 Seconds depending on launch mode

Resolution

EO Video
640x480
EO Snapshot
1600x12
Thermal Imaging Video
160x120
Thermal Imaging Video Snapshot
160x120

Flight Modes

Auto and Manual Hover & Stare
Route and user selectable waypoint actions
Automatic return
Lost link

Navigation

GNSS navigation
Vision Base Navigation for GPS-denied and indoor operation upgrade (option)
Embedded Vector and Raster maps (upgrade option)

FLIR - Black Hornet

Hands-on with FLIR Black Hornet VRS at AUSA