QinetiQ enhances position in global test and evaluation through acquisition of Meggitt Target Systems
QinetiQ Target Systems Wins Alberta Award of Distinction
QinetiQ announces it has acquired Meggitt Target Systems
Target Services at Vidsel Test Range for Tiger Helicopter Firings
Following a contract award by FMV’s Vidsel Test Range for Aerial Target Services in support of the German Armed Forces Tiger Helicopter Stinger firings, MTAS conducted successful missions during the midnight sun period. A number of Banshee Whirlwind and Banshee Jet 80, equipped with the patented MTAS Hot Nose, were flown at high and low level over the ground at speeds ranging from 100 knots to 300 knots, resulting to successful target acquisitions and engagements.
Royal Netherlands, Belgian, Danish and Norwegian Navies
A new campaign in support of a Royal Netherlands Navy missile exercise took place in June in the Norwegian Sea with the Belgian, Danish and Norwegian Navies
$35 million targetry contract from Canadian DND
Meggitt awarded $35 million contract for surface and aerial targets from Canadian Department of National Defence
Meggitt PLC (“Meggitt” or “the Group”), a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets announces that Meggitt Target Systems (MTAS) has been awarded a five-year National Individual Standing Offer (NISO) worth up to $35.0 million from Canada’s Department of National Defence. The NISO, for surface and aerial target systems, includes provisions for two option years.
The majority of the targets will be manufactured at MTAS’ manufacturing facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta with production deliveries expected this year.
The target systems selected include Hammerhead, an advanced, unmanned surface vehicle target that can form part of a swarm threat simulation of up to 16 vessels, and Vindicator, an aerial target that can present the appearance of various aircraft profiles to radar, for naval weapons development and personnel training.
MTAS’ Managing Director, Peter Longstaff commented: “The Canadian Armed Forces are a longstanding user of Meggitt target systems and we are delighted to be able to support their training and test and evaluation requirements locally.”
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Royal Netherlands - Belgian Navies
A new campaign in support of a Royal Netherlands and Belgian Navies missile exercise took place in November at NAMFI Crete.
Royal Netherlands Army
Following the award of a contract for aerial target services in support of The Royal Netherlands Army Tactical firings at NAMFI, Crete, MTAS conducted successful missions with ten Banshee targets destroyed
CDL, Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems and Training (LM Canada MST) and Meggitt Target Systems (MTAS) jointly hosted a unique unmanned vehicle demonstration in Halifax
Demonstrating Capability for the Royal Canadian Navy
On June 25, 2015, CDL, Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems and Training (LM Canada MST) and Meggitt Target Systems (MTAS) jointly hosted a unique unmanned vehicle demonstration in Halifax, NS for the Royal Canadian Navy and key industry stakeholders.
HMAS Sirius embarked a Unmanned Surface Vehicle "Barracuda" for trials with a High Speed Inflatable Towed Target
HMAS Sirius is currently providing replenishment support as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE on the back of successful trials of a new high-speed inflatable towed target system with an unmanned boat.
The system was developed to meet the Royal Australian Navy’s need for a low-cost expendable towed target for maritime training on the high seas.
New force in target systems from Meggitt transatlantic alliance
Meggitt, the global engineering group specialising in components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy sectors, is combining two of its units into a world-leading business providing targets for military training and weapon systems development.
Working with DRDC to develop an unmanned rotary capability
Working with DRDC to develop an unmanned rotary capability
Canadian Defence Review
Royal Netherlands Navy
A new campaign in support of a Royal Netherlands Navy missile exercises took place in February in the Norwegian Sea with the MDSL
Team and equipment embarked on the LCF Frigate departing from Trondheim Norway. In spite of Arctic conditions and rough seas there were multiple target missions involving both Banshee Jet 80 and Banshee Whirlwind targets.
The targets were engaged by different missile types and CIWS systems making the exercise a complete success
Finnish Defence Force Upgrade
MDSL is pleased to announce that the Finnish Defence Force as an existing user of the Banshee target system has chosen to substantially upgrade its current target operating capability. They will be adding the Jet Banshee and Snipe target types to their inventory extending both ends of their performance envelope to allow for an increased cross section of mission profiles. This system upgrade will also include the latest “Merlin” Command and Control Ground Station along with 45 new targets. The system upgrade and operating training package will be completed in the second half of 2015.
DARDO 2014 Spanish Air Force
After being awarded the contract to supply aerial targets services to the Spanish Air Force in October MDSL is pleased to report the successful completion of this service. The campaign was completed in 3 ½ operational days and comprised of 42 flights using both Jet and Whirlwind Banshee targets, 95% of launches completed from the MDSL high performance Hercules launcher with the remaining launches using the MDSL KEC bungee launcher. The 42 flights conducted by MDSL enabled the user to practice over 100 mission engagements with Eurofighter Typhoon and F18 Hornet aircraft types. A mixture of payloads including the MDSL Ejectable flare system were utilised to increase mission capability and allow for multiple missile engagement at a single aerial target. This is the third campaign of this nature that MDSL has completed for the Spanish Air Force in the last 4 years.