UK Royal Navy recruits Banshee UAS for Project Vampire
The UK MoD has awarded QinetiQ the Phase 1 contract of the Project Vampire programme, valued at £6.68 million ($8.04 million).
The core requirements stipulate four vehicles must be delivered by October 2023, with two more to follow between 2023 and 2024 and 2024 and 2025 respectively. The contract expires in March 2025, with an option for an extension to March 2026.
The contract also contains an option for up to ten vehicles, bringing the total to 16 potential UAS.
Accompanying launchers, ground control stations and training are also included under the core requirements.
QinetiQ will be providing its Banshee Jet 80+ UAS, following demonstrations last September of the system being launched from the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the Banshee target 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.
As part of the UK RN’s broader Future Maritime Aviation Force strategy, Project Vampire aims to procure a low-cost, fixed-wing UAS for ISR, electromagnetic and threat simulation tasks.
Moreover, a platform of this type would enable the UK RN to develop its operational concepts, payload types and associated communication and digital architecture.
More from Training
QinetiQ to design on-shore simulator for Royal Navy
The simulator will be installed at HMS Sultan and will accurately replicate the functionality and behaviour of the on-ship system.
US Army soldiers train for large-scale combat operations against CBRN threats
US soldiers from the 92nd Chemical Company and 756th Ordnance Company have honed their warfighting skills during training rotations for large-scale combat operations against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.
Improbable in talks to sell defence business following US closure as company follows Metaverse path
Improbable is reportedly in talks to sell its Skyral battlefield simulation technology as the company focuses on its Metaverse business, following the closure of its US defence operations.
Ukrainian crews to complete Challenger tank training
The British Army has provided training on the Challenger 2 tank to Ukrainian soldiers ahead of a planned donation of 14 tanks to Kyiv.
US Air Force jet trainer upgrade prevents obsolescence and improves availability
Contractor Field Aerospace has completed work on the Avionics Modification Program for the USAF's T-1 Jayhawk fleet to address obsolescence issues, increase aircraft availability and decrease sustainment costs.
Varjo-Aechelon partnership on US Air Force training programme continues run of success for Finnish company
Aechelon and Varjo are collaborating to provide mixed reality (MR) technology for the USAF's 31st Combat Training Squadron to enhance readiness to combat evolving threats.