A helicopter drone so small it lands on an operator’s open palm is arguably the most e ffective personal reconnaissance system (PRS) on the market.
Developed by Norway’s Prox Dynamics (Hall 1, Stand B117), the PD-100 PRS including the Black Hornet 2 is increasingly being used by NATO forces in what is regarded as a ‘lifesaver’.
According to Ole Aguirre, vice president of business development at Prox Dynamics, the PD-100 PRS bridges the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, thus significantly enhancing situational awareness during dismounted and mounted operations.
As an ISR platform, the total system weighs only 1.3kg and is so compact it is easily integrated with an operator’s personal equipment.
It consists of a PRS controller comprising a base station, joystick control and display. The base station houses two Black Hornet 2 sensors – in essence the helicopter drones, which are launched and controlled with a one-handed joystick to execute the reconnaissance mission.
Equipped with EO or EO/IR integral cameras, weighing only 18g, the sensor can fly for up to 25 minutes. It provides live video and HD images from as far away as 1.6km line of sight or about 600m without line of sight, making it ideal for operations inside buildings and in built-up areas.
Aguirre said the system can tolerate wind gusts of up to 12m/s, although it has own successfully in windier conditions.