QinetiQ launches next generation Banshee aerial target drone

QinetiQ launches next generation Banshee aerial target drone

Banshee NG will enable allied militaries to train against high speed aerial threats

QinetiQ launches next generation Banshee aerial target drone

QinetiQ has announced the launch of the next generation Banshee NG – a target that replicates fast flying jets and missiles.

The new generation Banshee will enable test and evaluation of live fire training exercises. Banshee NG was built to enable NATO and allied militaries to train against simulated higher speed aerial threats, preparing for the evolution in those threats that are being seen to emerge. The next generation drone will become the fifth member of the Banshee family of targets – joining the Banshee Whirlwind, Jet 40, Jet 80 and Jet 80+.

New generation transonic aerial target

Banshee NG will own a new generation of transonic aerial target which travels at a faster speed (>250 metres per second), soars to a higher altitude (up to 12,000 metres), offers increased manoeuvrability (up to 9G, from typically 3G), offers lower sea skimming capabilities (three metres) and is less detectable due to a low radar cross section (RCS).

QinetiQ’s strategy is to lead and deliver world-class test and evaluation, training and mission rehearsal capabilities for governments around the world.

Peter Longstaff, Managing Director of QinetiQ Target Systems said: “Banshee NG is the next-step up in the Banshee family, for the live fire, test and evaluation community looking to buy an affordable target that represents even faster and more manoeuvrable aerial threats. Adding Banshee NG to QinetiQ’s Target Systems’ portfolio enables us to deliver an even more comprehensive end-to-end threat representation offering to customers. As with all our targets, we can either provide Banshee NG as a product sale or deploy to a customer’s site as part of a managed service for test or training purposes.”

The Banshee NG is operated using the infrastructure and accessories that QinetiQ’s Target Systems business offers its other Banshee targets. This includes its launch, using ground-based pneumatic air-launchers, being equipped with a range of payloads such as radar augmentation, miss distance indication and sophisticated electronic warfare capability and being operated using the command and control systems currently on offer by QinetiQ.

 

Once launched, Banshee NG is operated with a proprietary QinetiQ guidance system and range-certified flight termination system that enables full control at all times. It can be recovered using a parachute.

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