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QTS emulates UAS threat for Canadian navy

5th December 2017 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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QinetiQ Target Systems has carried out a service for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) where it emulated the threat posed to large naval vessels by small multi-rotor UAS for training purposes, the company announced on 30 November.

The demonstration was carried out from a Halifax-class frigate in November. QinetiQ flew its Snyper multi-rotor target alongside Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadcopter UAS. Both UAS were controlled using QinetiQ's Universal Target Control Station (UTCS), which facilitates the operation of multiple UAS from a single command centre.

The RCN has operated fixed wing aerial targets and marine surface targets using QinetiQ’s UTCS for more than 20 years, but the introduction of rotary wing targets is a first for the service.

Simon Nadeau, DNR-2 Head Commander, Unmanned Systems Section, RCN, said: ‘The information and results obtained during the demonstration are vital for the RCN’s development of remotely piloted systems' use at sea, and the evaluation of ships’ critical defence systems. We are very pleased with the support that QinetiQ Target Systems provided to us during this demonstration.’

The demonstration was performed under a $6.59 million unmanned targets repair, overhaul and engineering contract, awarded to the company in 2015.

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