The Black Hornet micro drone is the brainchild of the Norwegian company Prox Dynamics. The small-sized device is highly maneuverable, which makes it very useful for intelligence operations. Prox Dynamics was later acquired by FLIR Systems (US) and Black Hornet got a night vision functionality.
The device can take photos and videos in all conditions. The maximum flight time is about half an hour — quite enough to detect an enemy. Since the drone is completely silent, the risk of being detected is zero.
The device comes with a ground control panel, featuring a controller and two displays — for day and night operations. It is known that the U.S. Army has already spent $40 million on the acquisition of these drones.
The soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division are already equipped with the first Black Hornet devices.