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May 19, 2022

QinetiQ, Inzpire support HMS Lancaster’s ‘Sharpshooter’ lethality training

The scenario aimed to improve lethality and agility across multiple warfare domains.

QinetiQ and Inzpire have successfully delivered a live firing anti-surface warfare training scenario for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) Duke-class Type 23 frigate, HMS Lancaster.

The scenario, which accompanied the warship’s Exercise Sharpshooter 22 (EXSS 22) training, was delivered in collaboration with the RN’s Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST).

It was carried out at QinetiQ’s T3E Range at the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Aberporth, the base for testing air-launched weapons and systems.

The exercise allowed personnel to use live ammunition from close and medium-range weapons against remotely controlled dynamic surface vessels and stationary targets.

Inzpire Maritime Division head Nick Borbone said: “Inzpire was delighted to support FOST and work with QinetiQ to generate realistic scenarios which accompanied HMS Lancaster’s ‘Sharpshooter’ enhanced lethality training.

“By developing and delivering dynamically managed training vignettes, Inzpire provided an immersive tactical wrapper, which allowed the ship’s team the freedom to operate weapon systems against QinetiQ’s array of targets thereby enabling them to more effectively train as they would fight.”

The initial two days of EXSS 22 evaluated the Type 23 frigate’s operational abilities to use gunnery systems against stationary targets along with other enemy interactions from coastal defence cruise missile and maritime patrol aircraft.

The scenario involved several time-sensitive tactical dilemmas which were made for practicing the ability to quickly prioritise and engage high-threat targets moving at real-world speed.

The complexity of the scenario was increased on the last day. HMS Lancaster was required to respond and manage multiple targets using its live ammunition and weapon systems.

The targets included synthetic coastal defence cruise missile attacks, fast inshore attack craft and maritime patrol aircraft.

EXSS 22 was also supported by Maritime Capability Trials and Assessment (MCTA) team, 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery andv148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery.

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