QinetiQ Target Systems has received an order from the Canadian Department of National Defence for more than 40 Hammerhead unmanned surface vehicle targets with various payloads. The order is part of a five-year framework contract awarded in May 2016 to provide surface and aerial targets. The new order takes the Hammerhead order book up to 425, making it the most popular USV target in production. It is made in Canada in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
QinetiQ (Stand S2-550) is displaying a full-scale replica of Hammerhead at DSEI. The USV is a 5m vessel powered by a 135hp 3-litre MerCruiser engine that gives it a top speed of 35kt in Sea State 3, and more in calmer waters. It has an endurance of 5 hours at 30kt, or up to 12 hours at 10kt.
Hammerhead was designed specifically to represent the fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) threat, and can be used in swarms of up to 40 vessels using a range of tactics, including crossing and zig-zag patterns. It can be fitted with visual, laser and radar signature enhancements that permit it to mimic a range of threats.
As well as FIAC threats, it can simulate fast attack craft and close-quarter threats, and has been used as a target for a wide range of weapon systems.