The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle is equipped with a camera that provides full motion video and sill photos. British soldiers have used it mostly to see around corners and into rooms.
“Black Hornet is definitely adding value, especially considering the lightweight nature of it,” said British Sgt. Christopher Petherbridge of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan. “We use it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset. It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground.”
Philip Dunne, the British Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, offered similar praise for the Black Hornet.
“Black Hornet gives our troops the benefits of surveillance in the palm of their hands. It is extremely light and portable whilst out on patrol,” Dunne said in a statement.