FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to the Australian Army.
The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be delivered under the contract will be used to support surveillance and reconnaissance operations at both platoon and troop level. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2018 and be completed within one year.
The move follows the Australian Army’s announcement at the DSEI 2017 defence exhibition in London that it was planning to equip its combat platoons with the rotary-wing system.
Suitable for confined area reconnaissance, situational awareness enhancement, object identification and proximity surveillance, the Black Hornet 2 (PRS) had been purchased by the Australian Army for test and evaluation purposes, leading to the awarded contract for full operational deployment after a re-competed tender.
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