Micro-spy drones donated to Ukraine by Norway and the United Kingdom | TechBuzz

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The Ukrainian army should receive mini surveillance helicopters, named Black Hornet. These models are already used by many NATO forces, including the French army.

A new drone is expected to appear in Ukraine, but it will be difficult to spot it. Norway, aided by the United Kingdom, will provide micro spy devices to the attacked country, according to a joint press release from the two countries published on August 24, 2022. The Black Hornet Nano model – the black hornet, in English – does not measure only 16 centimeters and weighs 33 grams, as much as a sparrow. It can be equipped with two or three cameras as well as an infrared sensor and relays information up to 2 km away.

Concretely, it looks like a tiny helicopter that moves stealthily to spot enemies, especially in urban areas or dense spaces, like a forest.

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Nano drones are not new and are already in use by many NATO member countries, including the United States. France used these surveillance devices during Operation Barkhane in the Sahel.

The screen to monitor from a Black Hornet drone
The screen to monitor from a Black Hornet drone. // Source: Teledyne Flir

A pack including anti-drone systems

We do not know the number of Black Hornets offered to Ukraine. The Norwegian government only specifies that the purchase of the drones from the company Teledyne Flir amounts to 90 million NOK (9.36 million euros). Transport and training will be provided by the British Army. The press release specifies that the Ukrainian authorities have themselves requested this type of equipment.

« The drone developed by Norway is a world market leader. It is used in a number of allied countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The drone is used for reconnaissance and target identification. It is robust, difficult to detect and particularly well suited for combat in urban areas. said Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.

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UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace added in the statement that “ these state-of-the-art drones will help give Ukrainian troops a vital battlefield advantage as they fight to defend their country against Putin’s brutal and unprovoked invasion ».

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On the right, a NightFighter anti-drone “rifle”. // Source: British SteelRock Technologies

The two countries do not stop at the delivery of drones, since they will also provide systems for neutralizing enemy aircraft. The press release specifies that British SteelRock Technologies Nightfighters, rifles capable of jamming flying electronics, have been ordered and will be part of the delivery package.

Ukraine, like Russia, has made massive use of drones since the start of the invasion. The devices originally intended for leisure are all useful, since they allow monitoring, calibrating missile strikes or are modified to drop explosives.

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