QinetiQ Brings to Market the Air-Launched "Rattler" UAV Supersonic Target
QinetiQ Wins $51 Million Contract with Canadian Armed Forces' UAS Program
7 May 2019 – QinetiQ has been awarded a C$51m (c£30m) contract to deliver unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that will drive enhanced situational awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract will be delivered from QinetiQ’s state-of-the-art unmanned vehicle manufacturing and operational facilities in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
The vertical take-off UAS will provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) services to the Royal Canadian Navy and Special Operations Forces Command, for both domestic and international operations. The system, based on the UMS SKELDAR V-200 UAS, will be equipped with a number of sensors including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and Electro-optic infrared (EO/IR) camera.
UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems announce partnership at CANSEC
UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems have partnered as part of Royal Canadian Navy UAV programme.
Global pioneer of NATO-compliant rotary Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions, UMS SKELDAR, has joined forces with world-leading provider of unmanned air, land and surface vehicle targets QinetiQ Target Systems. The partnership has been formed to enable both organisations to provide the platforms and solutions for a joint Canadian maritime program, including the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) UAV contract.
With platforms like the SKELDAR V-200 and QinetiQ’s Obsidian Counter UAV Drone Detection solution taking centre stage at CANSEC 30 – 31 May, this will provide an opportunity to see the next generation of UAV technologies in action, and to discuss how this new partnership will provide the solutions to the military and civilian maritime community’s UAV requirements. Carl Foucard, Head of Sales for UMS SKELDAR, explains:
“Both UMS and QinetiQ Target Systems have a proven track-record operating unmanned systems on ships, which we believe is a compelling proposition central to our highly targeted maritime programme designed to provide the next generation in UAV capabilities. For example, with our world-class SKELDAR V-200, which is proven to run on heavy fuel, provides unrivalled TBO (Time Before Overhaul) and operates multiple payloads all with a minimal logistical footprint, we have a VTOL platform that is completely fit for the maritime environment.”
Vincent Malley, International Business Development Manager for QinetiQ Target Systems, says:
“The use of technologies including UAVs, drone detection systems and next generation electronic warfare solutions are increasing year-on-year across the globe. For example, the requirement for multirole UAVs that can carry out a wide range of applications such as reconnaissance, identification, target acquisition and electronic warfare all the while being able to run on heavy fuels, is becoming ever greater in the maritime sector. With our combined capabilities and expertise, I expect QinetiQ Target Systems and UMS SKELDAR to successfully execute on a number of sizeable contracts not only in Canada, but in other countries across the globe, in the coming years.”
CANSEC, which is being held at the EY Centre in Ottawa Canada between 30 and 31 May, has been held annually in Ottawa since 1998 by the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI). Showcasing leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units, this two-day event is the largest defence industry event in Canada.
QinetiQ to launch the Rattler Ground Air Launched Supersonic Target at CANSEC
The Rattler is the latest addition to the QTS aerial target portfolio, which also includes Snipe, the Banshee family including Vindicator and the Mosquito and Snyper helicopter systems. No other provider in the world is able to offer such an extensive and comprehensive multi-domain portfolio using internally manufactured targets. The platform offers high speed kinematic performance at a very low cost compared to the currently available manoeuvrable supersonic targets.
QinetiQ Target Systems Ranked #10 by CDR for Canada's Top 75 Defence Companies
QinetiQ Canada has been a stalwart in our Top 10 going back to the days when it operated under the Meggitt banner but the Medicine Hat, Alberta based company continues to be a leader in its field of target drones and based on its on-going relationship with Canada's military it checks in, together with MDA Canada, at the# 10 position.
According to Robert Aube, who took on the managing director role last fall, QinetiQ has gained considerable momentum following its recent acquisition by its eponymous UK parent, with which it shares engineering and business development expertise. Since then, the Alberta-based division has boosted staff to nearly 100, broadened its product range and continued to innovate with new and improved technology.
However, QinetiQ's primary focus remains domestic. "We have a long-standing relationship with the Canadian forces and the country's research arms," says Aube. "That includes offerings ranging from support on the Canadian Targets Program, to special mission unmanned systems, live-fire training exercises and much more."
QinetiQ has also enjoyed considerable success on the export front, with 60% of its revenues coming from outside the country, in large part due to the popularity of its target drones like Hammerhead, Banshee, Mosquito and others. Aube explained, "We won contracts in South Korea and the Middle East and are doing ongoing work in Japan and have a major new opportunity in the US. But, we are knocking on doors all of the time and hope to build on that base."
The company's managed services targeting offerings, which it supplies in conjunction with its UK parent to over a dozen countries, have been very successful. QinetiQ is also a big believer in research and development and invests considerable resources into the process. The company recently initiated a collaboration with NSERC that enabled it to partner with universities across the country, a process that Aube hopes to continue.
New initiatives for this company could include development of hypersonic aerial targeting products and work to exploit new unmanned surface vehicles technologies.
AMS ENSHU Celebrates Its' 10th Anniversary
The AMS-4305 (Auxiliary Multi-Purpose Support) ENSHU celebrated its 10th anniversary on February 20th 2018.
ENSHU is the fifth and last HIUCHI-class support ship which is equivalent to an ocean tugboat.
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Netherlands MOD Contract Award
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, following an international competition, has awarded QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) with a Framework Agreement for the provision of turnkey target services for a period of 5 years with options to extend a further two years.
The target services will be provided from land and sea at several international firing ranges for operational training and testing with a variety of defence systems. The QTS target products to be used during the service provision are Sea Surface Targets, Subsonic Aerial Targets, Rotary-Wing Helicopter targets and Supersonic Targets.
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, QTS conducted successful missions with fourteen Banshee targets being destroyed by Stinger missiles fired from the FENNEK system.
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HMCS Ottawa completes layered missile engagement
QinetiQ Target Systems Ranked #10 for the CDR Canadian's Top 75 Defence Companies
QinetiQ Target Systems Wins Alberta Award of Distinction
QinetiQ announces it has acquired Meggitt Target Systems
QinetiQ enhances position in global test and evaluation through acquisition of Meggitt Target Systems