QinetiQ launches Rattler target
QinetiQ has developed a new Rattler ground air launched supersonic aerial target, the company announced on 29 May.
Rattler can accurately replicate anti-radiation missiles and supersonic/high-diving threats and is suitable for use over land and at sea. The platform offers high speed kinematic performance.
In tests carried out with the Banshee Jet 80 in March, Rattler achieved ground launch speeds of over 1.85 mach.
The air launch capability expects the target to reach speeds in excess of those already proven from the ground.
The Rattler launch is commanded from the ground control station, after which the target follows a pre-programmed flight trajectory under the monitoring of the ground control and telemetry station. The operator remains in positive control and always has the ability to terminate the flight.The system transmits time, space and positioning information and target status telemetry data in real time for the monitoring of range safety and operational requirements, and can accommodate active radar augmentation for specific weapon system requirements. A flight termination system ensures safety during all phases of flight.
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