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British Army retires Black Hornet micro UAV

11 July 2017

The British Army has retired all of its 160 remaining Prox Dynamics Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), citing a "diminished" requirement.

News of the retirement emerged in the ministry's "UK Armed Forces Equipment and Formations 2017" report, published on 6 July.

An army spokesperson told Jane's on 10 July: "Black Hornet was introduced in Afghanistan in support of counter-insurgency operations. With the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the move to meet the goals identified in SDSR 2015 (Strategic Defence and Security Review) and Joint Force 2025 (strategic blueprint for the British Army), the requirement for Black Hornet's capability has diminished."

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