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Based on a modified navy standard, the Barracuda unmanned surface vehicle – target (USV-T) is a fibreglass hull, rigid inflatable boat (RHIB), powered by a 225 hp marine diesel engine. It operates at speeds up to 36+ knots, a significant performance increase over any other target system in this category.


The Barracuda USV-T allows for remote control from distances greater than 10 nautical miles or can be configured for Over-the-Horizon (OTH) control. A digital radio command link controls the target’s course and speed, while telemetry and video signals from the target provide the operator with system performance and position information. A self-contained tracking capability is achieved using position data from the on-board GPS.

This Maritime Surface Target is typically used by customers to represent threats posed by Fast Attack Craft (FAC), Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) and Close Quarter threats to commercial shipping and Naval vessels and has been used to test the effectiveness and operational readiness of weapon systems including:

  • Surface-to-Surface Missiles
  • Surface-to-Air Missiles (in Surface-to-Surface mode)
  • Air-to-Surface Missiles
  • Naval Guns/Cannon & Close In Weapon Systems

The Barracuda replicates high-speed naval tactics and a variety of operational guidance plans including straighton high-speed attack, crossing patterns, zigzag, and other evasive manoeuvres. It can be equipped with visual, radar and laser signature enhancements to present a convincing likeness to a variety of naval threats to exercise naval guns, radar and visual Infrared (IR) sensors for naval combat systems.

Key Features

  • Proven speed of 36+ knots in Sea State 2
  • Line-of-sight and Over-the-horizon control
  • Replicates high-speed naval tactics and a variety of operational guidance plans
  • Can tow low-cost ‘Kill’ targets
  • Tactical applications