The Black Hornet 3 military drone. According to The Drive, the US Army has more tiny eyes in the sky for reconnaissance and situational awareness. Units as small as squad size will be using the pocket-sized Black Hornet 3 FLIR System. It is very small and can fit in the palm of your hand. It is hard to detect in a live situation. The helicopter drone weighs 16 grams and has a flight time of almost 30 minutes which is great for such a small drone. The package comes with 2 drones, a docking station, and a touch screen controller. It packs away and can be tucked inside a daypack with tons of room to spare.
Foxtrot Alpha reports: “The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, known also as CP-ISR, is a new nano-drone concept dreamed up by the folks at the Army’s Natick Soldier Research Centre. Whereas most unmanned aircraft look to provide info as to what is going on over the next hill, or far over horizon, CP-ISR is all about looking around the next doorway or hedge.”
The GPS drone will fly with a line-of-sight link, as well as beyond-line-of-sight. It will follow waypoints both manually entered or pre-programmed. This pre-programming can be done during planning of the mission by the platoon leader, platoon sergeant, and squad leaders.