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US Army increases scope of Soldier Borne Sensor programme to acquire Black Hornet 3 UAS, budget documents reveal

19th April 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Matty Todhunter in London, UK


The Black Hornet Airborne Personal Reconnaissance System (RPS) has been designed to be used by dismounted soldiers (Photo: Teledyne FLIR)

FLIR Unmanned Aerial Systems has been awarded a $93.89 million contract for its Black Hornet 3 nano-drone as part of the US Army's Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) programme. The contract and the latest US Army budget estimate have highlighted several changes in the SBS programme.

On 13 April, the US DoD announced it had awarded FLIR Unmanned Aerial Systems a $93.89 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Black Hornet 3 nano-drone, spare parts and ancillary services. The contract has an estimated completion date of 11 April 2028. 

This is the sixth known US Army award for the system, contracts which, to date, total $186.09 million. 

Known Contract numberValueDate
First$2.6 millionMay 2018
Second$39.6 millionJanuary 2019
Third$20.6 millionMay 2020
Fourth$15.4 millionMay 2021
Fifth$14 millionMay 2022
Sixth$93.89 millionApril 2023

The funds have been allocated as part of

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Matty Todhunter


Matty Todhunter

Matty Todhunter is the UAS Analyst for Shephard Media's Defence Insight. Before joining Shephard, Matty graduated with …

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