Military Capabilities

DOT&E reveals progress on 5GAT aerial target

25 January 2018

The Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) has revealed that the US Department of Defense (DoD) is advancing development and testing of a Fifth-Generation Aerial Target (5GAT) to replicate the stealth and performance characteristics of the latest Russian and Chinese tactical fighters

Two 5GAT prototypes have been funded, with flight testing planned to start in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Both the Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense and Security Solutions and 5-D Systems have confirmed to Jane’s that they are under contract on the programme.

With the QF-4 target drone retired from use in 2016, the US Air Force is now using QF-16 full-scale aerial targets to emulate fourth generation air threats.

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