The U.S. Army has an agreement with FLIR Systems to supply tiny Black Hornet spy drones for nearly all of its ground forces..
The amount of the contract is $ 39.6 million. For these funds, the company is to provide the armed forces with highly effective personal reconnaissance systems. The Black Hornet fits easily in the palm of your hand as it is only 16.7 cm long and weighs 33 grams. Drone can fly at a speed of 17.5 km / h for a distance of up to 1.6 km and is in the air for 25 minutes without recharging.
The drone is also capable of taking HD quality photos and live video feed. All data transmitted by him are encrypted with the AES 256 algorithm and are sent to a special portable station, with the help of which the operator controls the device.
FLIR Systems claims that black hornets function normally from -10 °C to 43 °C and withstand gusts of wind up to 37 km / h. Details of the current contract and exact delivery volumes are unknown, but the ultimate goal is to provide at least one drone and station for 7,000 US Army squads..
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text: Ilya Bauer, photo: FLIR Systems
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