FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) to support the French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) programme. The contract, which has a ceiling value of $89 million, will see FLIR Systems provide its FLIR Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and personal reconnaissance system (PRS) in support of operations undertaken by the French Armed Forces.
The Black Hornet PRS is, according to the company, the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-unmanned aerial system. Currently deployed in over 30 countries, the device enables defence personnel to maintain situational awareness, threat detection and effective surveillance no matter where they are. It is equipped with electro-optical/infrared sensors and a flight time of up to 25 minutes.
“We are honored to support the French Armed Forces’ mission with the delivery of the Black Hornet PRS and related services,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. "This award strengthens our partnership with the French Armed Forces and our focus on unmanned technology, an emerging area that is strategically critical to FLIR’s business.”