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FLIR acquires UAS manufacturer Prox Dynamics for $134M [VIDEO]

Unique nano-drone extends the thermal imaging manufacturer’s surveillance product line.


Black Hornet on a military op. Photo: Prox Dynamics

Black Hornet on a military op.
Photo: Prox Dynamics

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Sensor system and thermal imaging manufacturer FLIR Systems Inc. has added to its drone capabilities with the $134 million acquisition of Prox Dynamics AS.

Prox Dynamics AS, an Oslo, Norway-based manufacturer of nano-class unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for military and para-military use, makes small, light aerial sensors and covert surveillance systems.

The company’s Black Hornet aerial sensor and hand controller is a pocket-sized system that’s hand-launched by a soldier in the field.

The Black Hornet uses FLIR’s Lepton micro-thermal camera, visible spectrum cameras, advanced low-power rotor technology, and proprietary software for flight control, stabilization and communications. This tiny helicopter weighs less than one ounce, and flies for 25 minutes up to one mile.

The Prox Dynamics business extends FLIR’s Airborne sensor product line, which the Wilsonville, Ore. company says will become its UAS business, operating within the surveillance segment.

FLIR has Canadian offices in Burlington, Ont.

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