Thermal camera manufacturer, FLIR, has been making concerted efforts of late to make its presence felt in the drone world. And they are really upping the ante.
The French Armed Forces have awarded a contract worth $89 Million to FLIR to supply drones.
FLIR is a company headquartered in Oregon and signed an agreement with the French Defense Procurement Agency’s French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) Program. The manufacturer will be providing its FLIR Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle and Personnel Reconnaissance System.
The Black Hornet PRS is believed to be the smallest combat-hardened nano-drone in the world and has been engineered to assist military troops keep an eye at the changing circumstances, detect immediate threats at hand and carry out spying missions. With a flight time of about 25 minutes, the Black Hornet PRS is integrated with electro-optical/infrared sensors.
Here is a video in which experts at Roswell Flight Test Crew carried out a closer inspection of the Black Hornet PRS drone.
The drone is not to be used by the French Armed Forces exclusively as it is currently being used in more than 30 countries.
FLIR is not merely concentrating at producing military drones. It has been able to ramp up its operations in the commercial drone sphere as well. Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual was recently launched by DJI which encapsulates both a side-by-side 4K sensor for capturing visible light and a FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera for retrieving thermal data.
The Lepton is the smallest thermal camera to have been developed by FLIR till date. FLIR has also collaborated with DJI in the past in several ventures. It all started with the introduction of XT camera in 2015 which led to the launch of Zenmuse XT2 thermal imaging camera in March, 2018 which was essentially an enhancement of the Zenmuse XT camera. The Zenmuse XT camera is an Infrared camera engineered to be loaded into DJI line of drones. Similar to the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, the XT2 also integrates a dual sensor to portray a conventional 4K live video streaming along with the infrared imagery.