QinetiQ to supply aerial targets to US test ranges


Test and evaluation systems supplier Trideum Corporation is to supply QinetiQ’s Banshee Jet 80+ aerial targets for use at US Department of Defense (DoD) ranges, including the Orogrande and McGregor ranges in New Mexico.

The targets are being supplied as part of the Low-Cost Subscale Aerial Target Systems and Services contract awarded to Trideum earlier this summer.

The agreement also comprises a suite of aerial target payload enhancements, ranging from Miss Distance Indication to supersonic drop target payloads. The Trideum/QinetiQ team will deliver engineering, technical, training, and flight services for all aspects of the Banshee Jet 80+, including integration to the US’ Army Ground Aerial Target Control System (AGATCS).

“We’ve worked with the Army’s Target Management Office since 2008, and are so pleased to continue serving the TMO and expand our relationship under this contract,” said Van Sullivan, Trideum Corporation’s president.

“Trideum leads a collaborative team providing rapid, efficient, effective, and quality knowledge-based unmanned aerial target systems flight testing, training services and equipment for the U.S. Army,” he added.

Peter Longstaff, managing director of QinetiQ Target Systems said, “We are proud to be delivering our Banshee aerial targets to the U.S. Army’s Target Management Office to replicate modern air threats for live fire exercises. This partnership with Trideum builds on the success of the integration of other QinetiQ targets into the US Army AGATCS, and further affirms that our strategy to deliver high performance targets at disruptive market prices is working.”


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