Banshee target UAV to howl in Japan
QinetiQ has received an order to provide the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) with uncrewed Banshee Jet 80+ aerial targets for anti-aircraft training.
QinetiQ will deliver an undisclosed number of aerial targets and provide logistics support, spare parts and other consumables.
Operation of the Banshee Jet 80+ for the JGSDF will begin in mid-2023.
‘This is the first time QinetiQ has sold aerial targets to Japan,’ the UK-based company noted in a 10 March announcement.
QinetiQ previously delivered Barracuda USV targets to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
The Banshee Jet 80+ can simulate an enemy aircraft, UAVs or cruise missiles. It is powered by a twin 45kg thrust gas turbine engine that provides 90kg of static thrust.
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