The Norwegian Armed Forces and US defense technology company FLIR Systems have signed a contract for the delivery of the Black Hornet nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Worth noting is the fact that the nano-UAV is returning to Norway with this contract as the system was initially developed by Oslo-based Prox Dynamics, which was later acquired by FLIR Systems.
Once delivered, the Black Hornet 3 will become the smallest UAV used by the country’s armed forces, with a weight of 32 grams, and a flight time of 25 minutes.
Norway announced the contract signing with FLIR Systems on November 4, with delivery scheduled to take place within the next couple of weeks. The UAVs are destined for the country’s home guard, a rapid mobilization force comprising land, sea and air defense units.
Norway’s defense ministry did not disclose the value of the contract or the quantity of drones it would procure.
Black Hornet is capable of transmitting imagery through encrypted data link with ranges up to 2 km to safely engage targets beyond visual line-of-sight. FLIR says it has delivered over 12,000 Black Hornet nano-UAVs to defense and security forces worldwide.