QinetiQ Target Systems to supply over 40 Hammerhead targets to Canadian Navy


QinetiQ Target Systems has received a new order from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to deliver more than 40 units of Hammerhead unmanned surface vehicle (USV) targets and several payloads.

The latest C$4.7m ($3.86m) order is part of an existing C$35m ($28.75m) framework contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence.

The five-year contract was originally awarded in May last year and includes the supply of surface and aerial target systems.

Hammerhead targets are equipped with a large variety of threat-emulating payloads and allow ship operators to train against piracy threats by simulating fast inshore attack craft.

The targets can be controlled in large swarms in order to adequately replicate a coordinated attack by multiple naval ships.

QinetiQ Target Systems managing director Peter Longstaff said: “The Hammerhead is continually proving to be a cost-effective and high-performing surface target for the RCN and several other customers around the world.

"The Hammerhead is continually proving to be a cost-effective and high-performing surface target for the RCN and several other customers around the world."

“The RCN is a very important client for us and we are extremely proud to manufacture the Hammerhead in Canada.

“QinetiQ Target Systems manufactures its advanced unmanned vehicles targets from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Ashford Kent, using a deep supply network across both respective countries.”

The current contract brings the total Hammerhead orders across the world to more than 425.

The company was established in December last year following QinetiQ's acquisition of Canada-based firm Meggitt Target Systems for a sum of £57.5m.


Image: Hammerhead targets. Photo: courtesy of QinetiQ.