SA granted licence for Black Hornet Nano Drone


The Black Hornet PD-100 is the first airborne and commercially available personal reconnaissance system (PRS). It is fully militarised and provides end-users with a highly mobile sensor system providing an immediate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

The Black Hornet PD-100 is used by the militaries of more than 20 NATO-allied countries, including the United States, Britain, Australia, Germany and Norway. The Black Hornet PD-100 is inherently safe and poses no risk to other air vehicles or personnel, allowing the system to be operated almost anywhere by trained operators, day and night. It’s small size and electric motors make it virtually inaudible and invisible once airborne.

The day helicopter has three cameras; one looking forward, one looking straight down, and one pointing downward at 45 degrees. The night helicopter has two cameras, one electro-optical sensor and the thermal sensor, both looking downward at 45 degrees. A full Black Hornet package contains two day helicopters and two night helicopters.

A 90% charge is reached in 20-25 minutes while docked in the base station, the same as its hovering time. When one helicopter needs to be recharged, the other is always ready to fly. The top speed is 18km/h and the maximum line of sight distance from the operator is 1.6km. The helicopter can operate in light rain and winds up to 28km/h. An operator can be trained to operate the Black Hornet quickly.

Following the acquisition of the Proxdynamics, the Norwegian designer of the Black Hornet, by Flir Systems, South Africa is one of only two countries in Africa to which the Black Hornet Nano Drone may be exported. The other country is Algeria.

Desert Wolf Consulting represents Flir Government Systems in southern Africa. The first demonstration system is already in the country and Desert Wolf will launch the Black Hornet PD-100 in South Africa during October. The system will be only be available to military, police and government clients in South Africa, with local support and training.