Teledyne FLIR signs $48 million Black Hornet drone deal with Norway


Even as the ink dries on a $48 million deal to supply Norway with intelligence-gathering Black Hornet drones, California’s Teledyne Technologies is also moving quickly to make delivery on over 100 ground robots it has contracted with Germany’s army.

The developments are big breakthroughs for Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies and its Teledyne Flir Defense unit. The most recent of the pair came in an agreement signed in late June with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency for $48 million worth of Black Hornet nano personal aerial reconnaissance drones. The move makes Norway the world’s largest user of the small but powerful intelligence gathering UAVs, which it first began deploying in 2015.

Weighing in at just 33 grams and measuring only 168 millimeters, the Black Hornet is a pocket transported and nearly silent drone designed for deployment in hostile, even GPS-denied environments. Teledyne Flir says the onboard electro-optical and infrared sensors provide the UAV with the same detection capabilities as ground options or larger craft. It transmits live thermal video and image feeds to operators during a maximum flight time of 25 minutes.

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