British military sends hand-held helicopter drones to Afghanistan
LONDON — Britain’s military says its soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued with surveillance drones so small they can fit in the palm of your hand.
The Scandinavian-designed Black Hornet Nano weighs as little as 16 grams (0.56 ounces) — the same as a finch. The four-inch-long (10-centimetre-long) helicopter is fitted with a tiny camera which relays still images and video to a remote terminal.
The ministry said Sunday that the Black Hornet was developed by Norway’s Prox Dynamics AS as part of a 20 million pound ($30 million) contract for 160 units with southern England’s Marlborough Communications Ltd.