Teledyne FLIR to deliver Black Hornet nano UAVs to Norway

According to a PR published by Teledyne FLIR Defense on June 24, 2022, the firm announced that it has entered into a framework agreement worth up to NOK 475 million with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to deliver advanced Black Hornet® nano unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The agreement is valid for four years but can be extended a year at a time for up to three additional years.

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Teledyne FLIR to deliver Black Hornet nano UAVs to Norway  Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Picture source: FLIR)

While Norway received its first Black Hornet in 2015, this agreement represents the country’s largest commitment to date. With these new orders, Norway will become one of the largest users of Teledyne FLIR’s Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System.

The Black Hornet weighs just 33 grams (less than 0.1 pounds) and measures 168 millimeters (less than seven inches). Well suited for operations in highly contested and GPS-denied environments, nearly silent, and with a flight time up to 25 minutes, the pocket-sized UAV transmits live visible and thermal video to the operator. Teledyne FLIR Defense has delivered more than 12,000 Black Hornets to defense and security forces worldwide.

The unit measures around 16 × 2.5 cm (4 × 1 in) and provides troops on the ground with local situational awareness. They are small enough to fit in one hand and weigh just over half an ounce (18 g, including batteries).

The small size and light weight of the nano drone make it easy to capture images both indoors and outdoors, and live broadcast over an encrypted link. The Black Hornet thus gives the teams the possibility of recovering intelligence at all discretion.