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U.S. Army Awards Pocket-Sized Drones $20.6 Million Contract

Nano drones have become a major military tool over the past few years, and the most recent announcement of FLIR Systems being awarded an additional $20.6 million contract for their Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) by the U.S. Army is one big example of that. While the contract is huge, the FLIR Systems Black Hornet 3 is only the size of a cellphone. This extremely light and nearly silent drone can fly up to 25 minutes, and provide many military advantages in combat.

With this second contract, FLIR Systems will be providing the service with additional miniature reconnaissance drones as part of the ongoing soldier-borne sensor program, National Defense reports. Roger Wells, the company’s VP and General Manager for Unmanned Systems and Integrated Solutions, stated, “It’s extremely light, it’s very robust, nearly silent with flight times up to 25 minutes, which provides an organic surveillance reconnaissance capability.”
The drone will be providing real-time video feeds and images of operating environments. Moreover, it’s sensor can transmit live video and high-definition images back to an operator across a secure data link. Wells said, “The system’s performance capabilities with its integrated sensors are providing immediate situational awareness that’s tactically relevant. This allows them to provide [intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance] while still remaining in a covert position.”

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The drone weighs 33 grams or so which makes it pretty easy to use in combat. Wells stated, “It’s almost pocket portable as opposed to rucksack portable and  it really doesn’t add a load burden to the soldiers and servicemen and women that are out there using it.”

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Sr. No University Degree/Course Fees Duration
1 University of Strathclyde Autonomous Robotics & Intelligent Systems 23,157£ 1 Year
2 London South Bank University Digital Architecture & Robotic Construction 15,268£ 1 year
3 University of Lincoln Robotics and Autonomous 17,728£ 1 year
4 Coventry University MBA with Artificial Intelligence 18,503£ 2 years
5 Anglia Ruskin University Artificial Intelligence & Big Data 15,623£ 1 year
6 University of Bath Robotics and Autonomous Systems 25,595£ 1 Year
7 University of Essex Intelligent Systems & Robotics 20,454£ 1 Year
8 Heriot Watt University Robotics 20,697£ 1 year
9 Edinburgh University Artificial Intelligence 20,697£ 1 year
10 University of Sheffield Mphill Robotics 19,573 £ 2 years
11 University of Manchester Artificial Intelligence 27,700 £ 1 year

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