QinetiQ wins Vampire Phase 1 contract to provide UAS experimentation expertise for the Royal Navy
The Banshees provide the opportunity to run drills by emulating cruise missiles and enemy fast jets which may be faced on mission. The Banshee can operate at 25,000ft, or just above the sea surface, and fly at high speeds of up to 400 knots, delivering a realistic adversary to train against. The use of the drones as enemy aircraft is essential in helping the carriers improve their defence capabilities as the size of the Banshee is representative of an incoming missile on radar systems.
The Royal Navy will also use this contract to understand and demonstrate the wider Concepts of Operations of small attritable UAS to deliver capabilities in areas such as intelligence gathering, surveillance, Stand in Jamming and working as decoys, whether as a standalone capability or delivered though human machine teaming.
“The partnership with QinetiQ will be invaluable in our ability to support our training needs to better prepare for realistic threats,” said Colonel Phil Kelly, Head Carrier Strike & Maritime Aviation, Royal Navy. “As we see these threats and the technology supporting them evolve globally, we must ensure our training is as close to the real-life situation as possible and we’re grateful that QinetiQ can support us in achieving this.”
“The Vampire Phase 1 contract demonstrates QinetiQ’s capability to deliver complex training and evaluation exercises for the Royal Navy. The use of crewless technology is paramount to the Royal Navy’s future programmes and this UK capability, already used around the world, will deliver an efficient, value for money method of training, whether at home or during deployment overseas,” said Steve Fitz-Gerald, Group Managing Director Maritime & Land, QinetiQ.
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