The USA continues to arm itself with the most modern types of weapons, in particular, personal intelligence systems. So, the company FLIR Systems received at the beginning of this year an order for 39.6 million dollars, obliging them to put into service precisely this type of weapon. Among the many items in the contract are unmanned aerial vehicles, which the US military has high hopes for: drones will support surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities under the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program. 7 months after the conclusion of the contract, it became known that the US military tested the Black Hornet pocket drone in the field. Unmanned aerial vehicles were conceived as assistants to infantry on the battlefield. Outwardly, a pocket drone is very similar to a small helicopter. Since it is 15 cm long and weighs 33 grams, it really lives up to its pocket name; it is easy to carry in the field. It is equipped with so many ordinary cameras and cameras with a thermal imager that the information it selects and processes is invaluable to the person who controls it. A helicopter drone can send the video it shoots to the operator in real time. In automatic flight mode, the gadget is able to overcome up to 2 km in 30 minutes. The leadership of the US Army believes that drones will be standard equipment in service with American soldiers in the near future. Such mini-equipment can provide intelligence gathering for small units, platoons. The U.S. Army already has a plan to test the system in Afghanistan. This will be followed by a decision on how best to use its potential. Meanwhile, the military of France and Great Britain became interested in the development.