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About us

QinetiQ is a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and operation of advanced target systems for live-fire training exercises and weapons test and evaluation.

We offer an end-to-end solution and work closely with our customers from design and configuration through to delivery and provision of expert field services. We also operate unmanned vehicle systems, ensuring safe and dependable performance critical to live-fire exercises and test and evaluation events.

Our comprehensive range of air, land and sea target systems provide realistic representation of modern threats, from swarming fast inshore attack craft to manoeuvrable supersonic missiles.

Highly versatile in their design and performance and with a wide range of payloads, our target systems can be easily adapted to represent a multitude of different threat scenarios. Through intelligent engineering, recoverability and reuse, our target systems are also highly cost-effective.

About Us 


Our facility in the UK is a centre of excellence for the design and production of unmanned air, land and sea targets, and ancillary equipment. A flexible facility and an agile workforce enable us to combine normal production demands with the accommodation of urgent and unscheduled requirements.

The UK facility, where the assembly of target airframes and the manufacture of engines, fuel tanks, avionics, recovery systems and payloads takes place. There are around 20 targets on the assembly line at any one time.


The Canadian facility evolved out of the Systems Integration Group at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) when it was tasked with the design and production of a new generation of air, land and sea targets. Working with Canadian industry, DRDC pioneered a family of live-fire targets recognised around the world as the best training products in their class.

The Canada Hammerhead assembly area. A typical batch of eight Hammerheads is assembled and tested in less than two weeks, including the integration of hulls, engines, payloads and the control system. Production of Hammerhead occurs throughout the year and can be increased to meet emerging customer requirements.

Rest of the World

We have target assembly facilities in the UAE and India.