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Army rolls out Black Hornet Nano UAS

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 25, 2018

Trooper Sam Menzies deploys a PD-100 Black Hornet. (Defence)

The Australian Army has begun rolling out the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aerial system to its units following a successful trial program.

“UAS are a game-changer for the Army, providing enhanced situational awareness for better mission execution for Australian soldiers,” said BRIG Susan Coyle, Commander 6th Brigade and the Army’s only UAS unit, the 20th Surveillance Target Acquisition Regiment.

“The issue of the Black Hornet Nano UAS to our soldiers is an exciting example of adopting tactical robotic technology.”

BRIG Coyle said the Australian Army was the biggest user of Nano UAS in the world, and the first to deploy the technology to conventional forces down to combat platoon level.

“Experience of UAS operations overseas and in Australia have provided Army with unique expertise that is in high demand,” she said.

“UAS represent a defining opportunity for the Australian Army and the ADF.”

The air vehicle weighs only 18 grams and is the world’s smallest operational unmanned system. (Defence)

Comment (1)

  • Gageu


    I like to think that soon after the picture was taken, trooper Sam Menzies left the army, set up his own nano-factory and produced thousands of the things at half the cost–and made a fortune!

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