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DSEI 2023: Teledyne FLIR draws on use of Black Hornet UAS in Ukraine to develop autonomous launch system

12th September 2023 - 09:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Black Recon VRS is on display as a mock-up at DSEI 2023. (Image: Teledyne FLIR)

Teledyne Flir Defense is developing the Black Recon Vehicle Reconnaissance System (VRS), which will hold multiple UAVs, with autonomous launch and recovery. The system is expected to be available in the second half of 2024 with deliveries possible in 2025.

Development of the Black Recon UAV, three of which are held within each Black Recon VRS, has drawn heavily upon the company’s successful Black Hornet VRS although the new UAV is ten times the weight at 300-350g and more versatile.

The company’s knowledge of the Black Hornet’s extensive use in Ukraine’s fight against Russian invasion has provided insight into the development of Black Recon.

Black Recon enables target identification at maximum effective weapon range while providing location, direction, speed, and wind data to the ballistic computer. Additionally, it can assist with terrain evaluation, looking for mines or improvised explosives using

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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