MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The PD-100 Black Hornet has deployed with Marine Corps special operations teams, but the micro unmanned aerial vehicle’s manufacturer sees potential for significantly wider use among conventional combat forces.Created by Prox Dynamics, this handheld helicopter is a powerful surveillance tool that can be tough to detect. It was on display at the Modern Day Marine exposition.James Mitchell, a Marine veteran representing Prox Dynamics, said the Black Hornet — which the company calls a “personal reconnaissance system” — can track enemy movements, investigate suspicious objects, and help troops see down hallways or behind buildings. And it’s incredibly easy to use, Mitchell added, saying he learned to operate one after a 20-minute crash course.
We’re going to see more and more of these micro-UAVs in use. Will each platoon have one? Probably.
That’s going to change the perspective of the battlefield for a platoon leader. It’s going to be a lot harder to sneak up on a platoon, for sure.