QinetiQ Target Systems is the undisputed world leader in highly advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle-Targets (USV-Ts) and complementary tow targets, with turnkey systems for basic, intermediate and advanced live-fire naval training for piracy and Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC). To date we have produced over 350 naval targets for multiple nations.
In 2006, we used four Barracudas to demonstrate the capability of our multi-unit control technology. In 2010, we became the first company in the world to demonstrate a swarm of 16 Hammerhead USV-Ts simultaneously, controlled by the Universal Target Control Station on a half-duplex UHF frequency.
These “SWARM-EX” events established our status as a world leader in naval targets. Today, we can operate up to 40 targets simultaneously.
A cost-effective kill target replicating FIAC and the multi-vehicle swarm threat with multiple payload options enhance training scenarios.
Powered by a 3.0 L four-cylinder inboard gas engine delivering 135 HP, it can reach speeds greater than 40 knots in sea state 1, up to 35 knots in sea state 3 and 25 knots in sea state 5. Depending on operation speeds, the Hammerhead USV-T can operate for 10 hours at a constant speed of 25 knots before requiring refueling, lasting for over 24 hours at lower speeds. The custom-made hull is strengthened by award-winning advanced composites and features a surface-effect design for greater maneuverability and performance at high speeds.
The Hammerhead USV-T is a STANAG 4586-compliant control station using a single data half-duplex frequency to communicate with and control up to 40 vehicles simultaneously which can be loaded with pre-programmed operational scenarios or be controlled manually.
A 7.3 metre inflatable towed target with multiple chambers for maximum life. Designed with a patented water skeg, the HSITT is highly stable and maneuverable, capable of being towed in high sea states (up to sea state 5) and high speeds (up to 40 knots). It can be towed by QinetiQ’s Barracuda and other vessels.
The Sprite II system is a flexible concept based on the conversion of commercially available Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) vessels with an approximate length of between 4.2 and 7.5 metres.