Representation of modern air-to-air and air-to-surface threats demands a constantly evolving approach to the design of air targets.
Increasingly advanced weapon systems pose significant new threats. Launching over the horizon and sea skimming between Mach 2–4, supersonic missiles typically give a ship’s crew less than one minute to react. Sophisticated guidance systems with dog-leg waypoint navigation and terminal weave manoeuvre also make modern missiles harder to acquire and track. At the same time, increasingly accessible off-the-shelf micro drones, which can be easily weaponised, present a new kind of threat from terrorists.