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Army rolls out Black Hornet Nano UAS

Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Davide Sargeant, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, holds the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano air vehicle at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. *** Local Caption *** Australian Army soldiers from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, trained with the PD-100 Personal Reconnaissance System at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane.  The system comprises a Nano air vehicle weighing only 18 grams and a base station and antenna. It is the world's smallest operational unmanned system and has been used extensively in combat by NATO forces in the past few years. It has 25-minutes endurance, 1.6km line-of-sight range and has live video and high-definition snapshot capability, with an optional night vision sensor.

(Defence)

The Australian Army has begun rolling out the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aerial system to its units following a successful trial program.

Commander 6th Brigade and the Army’s only UAS unit, the 20th Surveillance Target Acquisition Regiment BRIG Susan Coyle, said the Black Hornet Nano UAS rollout was a significant achievement for Army. “UAS are a game-changer for the Army, providing enhanced situational awareness for better mission execution for Australian soldiers.

“The issue of the Black Hornet Nano UAS to our soldiers is an exciting example of adopting tactical robotic technology.”

Australian Army soldier Trooper Sam Menzies deploys a PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aircraft vehicle during training exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, on 4 May 2018. *** Local Caption *** Australian Army soldiers from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) demonstrated the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aircraft vehicle during a training exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, on 4 May 2018. The Australian Army Headquarters (AHQ) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Sub Program, in conjunction with the 7th Combat Brigade (7 BDE) are supporting the initial issue of the Black Hornet Nano UAS across an Australian Army Brigade. The Australian Army is the biggest user of Nano UAS in the world and is also the first Army to purchase and issue this technology to conventional forces down to Platoon level, the upcoming completion of the Nano UAS Black Hornet rollout to 7 BDE is a noteworthy achievement and key capability milestone. The Nano UAS Black Hornet roll out to 7 BDE aligns with the Chief of Army’s modernisation efforts, and provides a highly visual opportunity to showcase UAS and 7 BDE personnel, equipment and UAS training methodology to key stakeholders.

(Defence)

BRIG Coyle said the Australian army was the biggest user of Nano UAS in the world, and the first to proliferate this technology to the conventional forces down to combat platoon level.

“Experience of UAS operations overseas and in Australia have provided Army with unique expertise that is in high demand,” she said. “UAS represent a defining opportunity for the Australian Army and the ADF.”

Australian Army soldier Trooper Sam Menzies launches a PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aircraft vehicle during training exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, on 4 May 2018. *** Local Caption *** Australian Army soldiers from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) demonstrated the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aircraft vehicle during a training exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, on 4 May 2018. The Australian Army Headquarters (AHQ) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Sub Program, in conjunction with the 7th Combat Brigade (7 BDE) are supporting the initial issue of the Black Hornet Nano UAS across an Australian Army Brigade. The Australian Army is the biggest user of Nano UAS in the world and is also the first Army to purchase and issue this technology to conventional forces down to Platoon level, the upcoming completion of the Nano UAS Black Hornet rollout to 7 BDE is a noteworthy achievement and key capability milestone. The Nano UAS Black Hornet roll out to 7 BDE aligns with the Chief of Army’s modernisation efforts, and provides a highly visual opportunity to showcase UAS and 7 BDE personnel, equipment and UAS training methodology to key stakeholders.

(Defence)

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