Trials begin for the world’s smallest operational military aircraft

A soldier in uniform operates a small aircraft using a remote control device.
The Canadian Army and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command will seek innovative ways to leverage this new technology, assess its usefulness and identify requirements. Photo: ADM(Mat)

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The Canadian Army and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command are conducting the first-ever operational trials and evaluations on the latest version of the smallest operational military aircraft in the world – the Black Hornet 3, made by FLIR.

Weighing just a few dozen grams, it consists of two aircraft, a hand controller and a chest-mounted tablet, all fitting into a small shoebox-sized package. The aircraft has a range of over a kilometer with video and night-vision capabilities.

This equipment opens up a whole range of possibilities and both commands will seek innovative ways to evolve tactics, techniques and procedures to use this new capability, assess its usefulness and identify requirements.

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  • A soldier in uniform holds a small aircraft in his hand.
  • A soldier in uniform operates a small aircraft using a remote control device.
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