Norway and Great Britain to transfer to Ukraine Black Hornet micro unmanned aerial vehicles and NightFighter anti-drone systems
Norway and Great Britain are joining efforts to acquire the Norwegian micro-drone Black Hornet and donate it to Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Norway reported this.
Ukrainian authorities have asked for this type of equipment in the fight against the Russian invasion.
The price will be up to NOK 90 million ($9.1 million). The package includes Black Hornet units, spare parts, transportation and training costs.
The Norwegian Ministry of Defense noted this assistance will be financed by the British-led fund to which Norway has contributed NOK 400 million.
The Norwegian-developed drone is a global market leader. It is used in a number of allied countries, including the United States and Great Britain. The drone is used for reconnaissance and target identification, says Norway’s Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.
The Black Hornet is easy to operate, robust, difficult to detect, and particularly well suited for combat in urban areas.
The Black Hornet is a micro helicopter unmanned aerial vehicle weighing 18 g that can operate without recharging for 25 minutes. Having a diameter of the main screw of 120 mm, thedrone reaches a speed of more than 20 km/h, while the operating range is about 2 km.
The kit consists of two drones, a charger and a control tablet. The weight of the set is about 1.3 kg.
The fund will also purchase a system for combating drones for approximately NOK 100 million. Nightfighter by British SteelRock Technologies was chosen as the system.
An anti-drone system will also be purchased for approximately 100 million of the Norwegian funds for the fund. The system chosen is the anti-drone system Nightfighter from British SteelRock Technologies.
The SteelRock Nightfighter is a portable system that provides protection against drones through effective jamming.
The system is particularly suitable for protecting smaller patrols, artillery positions, and other important resources.
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