Air Target

Air Target delivers modern, leading-edge acoustical scoring systems for quality practice and performance. Our products are continuously developed with the latest state of technology and components.

Air Target is the prime contractor to defense forces in more than 30 countries and has a complete product range, including MDIs, scoring stations, test equipment, sleeve targets and inboardtarget towing winches. Air Target has the capability to customize all products to the customer’s requirements.

Air Target provides weapon system-operators with instant feedback, turning each fired shot into valuable experience.

Our products and solutions in short

The universal 12 sector Miss Distance Indicator (MDI) detects fire being directed at the target coming from any direction. Changes of the target course can be smoothly handled during the mission. The systems are compatible with a full range of weaponry from 5.56 small arms to missiles. The battery-operated MDI, uses pressure sensors to detect the shock wave generated by a passing supersonic projectile or missile. The MDI is installed on or close to the target. The amplitude and the time differences between the different sensors are used to calculate the miss distance and direction to the closest point of passage of the projectile relative the target.

Scoring data from the airborne system (MDI) are then sent to the scoring station, over a telemetry link for presentation in real-time. The scoring stations can receive scoring data from up to six targets (MDIs) simultaneously.

Our Goal

Our goal is to deliver scoring system solutions that truly meet the customer’s requirements. We combine technical expertise with perceptiveness and never assume that we understand before we have a clear view of the whole picture.

For us a delivery is not complete until the customer has the solution up and running and should there be any issues, we will do everything in our power to resolve them as quickly and with as little inconvenience to the customer as possible. We believe that an excellent experience is the best way to cultivate good customer relationships that stand the test of time.

We do offer off the shelf-solutions, but we have learned that customer satisfaction increases immensely by working closely with the customer and adjusting the solution according to each unique application. Delivering a custom fit that is ready to be used out of the box. Our long experience from military applications, our dedication to quality, and our proven technology for turning physical stimuli into an electrical signal and converting it into digital data that can be visualized, guarantees optimal target precision training.

 

Air Target – Air to ground scoring system

Air Target – Air to ground scoring system

The calibration free Air To Ground (ATG) scoring system is intended to be used at Air To Ground firing ranges for scoring of supersonic projectiles.

The target area equipment consists of a Target Processor Unit TPU, a Beam Sensor Unit BSU, an antenna and a 12 VDC battery. The target area equipment is placed in front and below the target, and behind a protection wall. The pressure sensors of the BSU detects the shock wave from a passing supersonic projectile.

The scoring data, i.e. hit order and time information from the sensors is transmitted via the radio link in real time to the Control Station Equipment (CSE). The scoring data is used by the CSE when calculating the scoring result. The scoring result is graphically displayed on the color monitor as x and y coordinates. The salvo center, mean miss distance, and total number of scored rounds are displayed together with the graphic picture.

The scoring result can also be displayed in tabular form round by round. A print-out of the scoring result is also possible. The scoring result is stored in a data base. The Control Station Equipment can as an option receive scoring data from six different targets.

 

Product range – Inboard Target Towing Winches


Air Target – Target Towing Winch – MBV 45

Air Target – Target Towing Winch – MBV 45

The MBV 45 electro/hydraulic operated winch is intended for medium duty target towing operations with inboard installation in the towing aircraft. The winch consists of a hydraulic unit which is powered by a hydraulic pump. The pump is driven from an electric motor. If sufficient electric power is not avaliable in the aircraft the electrical motor is powered from a separate battery pack. The hydraulic unit contains all the necessary control valves for full control of the complete winch.

Winch operation is controlled from the control panel which sends commands via the control unit to the hydraulic valves. Reel in or out, reel speed and tow line length are displayed on the control panel.

The safety system consists of a safety click and an emergency line cutter operated with an explosive squib. The advanced control system allows one operator to operate the system with precision and control of the target. The winch tow line is routed to a launcher arm installed on the aircraft from where the target is launched and retrieved. Air Target also supplies the outboard launcher arm. The advantageous weight/power ratio of this winch makes installation in a variety of small aircrafts possible. Certification of winch and launcher installation is the responsibility of the customer or installer.

The winch has been used in a number of aircrafts such as: CESSNA 172, BEECH BARON, PIPER SENECA and NORMAN ISLANDER.

Air Target – Target Towing Winch – MBV 7

Air Target – Target Towing Winch – MBV 7

The MBV 7S Hydraulic operated winch is intended for heavy duty target towing operations with inboard installation in the towing aircraft.

The winch consists of an hydraulic unit which is powered by a pump from one of the engines. The pump is customer supply due to CAA regulations. Hydraulic pressure is supplied to the hydraulic unit which contains all the necessary control valves for control of the winch and the optional target launcher system.

Winch operation is controlled from the control panel which sends commands via the control unit to the hydraulic valves. Reel in or out, reel speed and tow line length are displayed on the control panel.

High reel in and out speeds reduces target operation time and gives more time in the firing area. The safety system consists of a separately operated electric brake and a safety click. It also includes an emergency line cutter operated with explosive squibs. The advanced control system allows one operator to operate the system with precision and control of the target. The winch tow line is routed to a launcher arm installed under the aircraft from where the target is launched and retrieved. The tow line can also be routed through the wing of the aircraft and connect to the target in a launching/retrieving station at the wing hard point. Air Target can also supply the outboard launcher arm with hydraulic actuator. The advantageous weight/power ratio of this winch makes installation in a variety of small aircrafts possible. Certification of winch and launcher installation is the responsibility of the customer or installer.

The winch is presently used in the following aircrafts: LEARJET, MITSUBISHI MU-2, CESSNA CONQUEST, CESSNA CARAVAN II.
 

Miss Distance Indicators for sleeve targets

The AS-131 for sleeve targets is a universal 12-sector miss distance indicator (MDI) is designed for simultaneous indication of miss distance and the angular position in 12 sectors of a passing supersonic projectile.

The MDI is a universal type, i.e. it handles all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing courses.

The MDI consists of a microphone nose containing six pressure sensors, and a cylindrical body containing the electronics, the transmitter, and a rechargeable NIMH accumulator.

The miss distance indicator AS-131 detects acoustically the shock wave generated by the passing supersonic projectile.

The miss distance is determined by the amplitude of the shock wave while the angular position is determined from the hit order between the different pressure sensors in the MDI nose.

The miss distance and the angular position of the projectiles are measured in real time and the data is transmitted as raw data signals via the special designed transmitter to the scoring station. Since raw data is used, all calculations are made in the scoring station.

A recalculation of the scoring result, with later more accurate parameters, can easily be made in the scoring station for further improved accuracy

 

Miss distance indicators for target drones/UAV:s

The use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as Aerial Target Drones defines a training environment much closer to reality compared to the use of conventional towed targets. By adding Miss Distance Indication (MDI) functionality and other payload to the Target Drones, a complete and very mobile Aerial Training System with significantly lowered investment level becomes available within in a very short period of time. All Air Target MDI is available as universal type, i.e. they handle all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing courses with Real-Time presentation of the live-firing results to the user.

Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-113 Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-133

Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-113

The universal 12-sector miss distance indicator (MDI) AS-113 is intended to be installed in Target Drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

The MDI is a universal type, i.e. it handles all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing target courses.

Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-133

The universal 12-sector miss distance indicator  AS-133 is intended to be installed in both hard targets and Target Drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

The MDI is a universal type, i.e. it handles all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing courses.

Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-134 Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-135

Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-134

The AS-134 is designed to be installed in target drones, UAVs or hard targets. The universal MDI can very easily be modified to fit all target drones or hard targets available on the market.

The MDI is intended for all target courses, i.e. it is possible to fire at a target coming from any direction. The MDI measures the miss distance and angular position in 12-sectors of a passing supersonic projectile.

Air Target – Miss distance indicators for target drones – AS-135

The AS-135 is designed to be installed in target drones, UAVs or hard targets. The universal MDI can very easily be modified to fit all target drones or hard targets available on the market.

The MDI is intended for all target courses, i.e. it is possible to fire at a target coming from any direction. The MDI measures the miss distance and angular position in 12-sectors of a passing supersonic projectile.

Air Target featured in Insights Success Magazine

Air Target was recently featured in the magazine Insights Success:

Air Target: Revolutionizing the Defence Industry

Currently, military forces are widely using fundamental combinations of acoustical scoring or acoustic signature to describe emissions of sound, such as ships and submarines. In addition, acoustic signatures or sound attributes are majorly described on aircraft, machinery and living animals those who have their own characteristics which primarily study on the bases of their condition, behavior and physical location. Air Target Sweden is a well-known scoring specialist since 1956. Its acoustical scoring products have been delivered to customers in more than 30 countries all over the world.

For more info: Read here: https://www.insightssuccess.com/air-target-revolutionizing-the-defence-industry/

 

Air Target – Scoring station TOR

Air Target – Scoring station TOR

The TOR scoring station is a computerized scoring station for collection, calculation and presentation of real time firing results from the universal 12-sector Miss Distance Indicators. The TOR scoring station is easily portable and therefore very suitable for regular training.

As an option TOR can handle scoring data from up to four targets simultaneously.

The TOR scoring station presents the scoring results, i.e. the miss distance and sector of each round graphically in three zones and up to 12 sectors. Salvo centre, mean miss distance and number of rounds of each salvo are all part of the presentation. The firing results are also presented in a tabulated form. The complete scoring results can also be printed in full detail on a printer. All salvos are organized and stored on the local hard disc and are available for later analysis.

The result from a specific firing situation can be recalculated with parameters received later to get a more accurate firing result.

The TOR Windows 10 based software gives the user an excellent tool for quick and easy operation and management of the scoring situation parameters. The scoring results are compensated for target speed, distance and altitude as well as firing situation angels.

All ballistics and calibration data for the most common calibers are included.

When the Scoring Stations is equipped with up-link capability this functionality is directly available from the scoring software. A separate up-link control unit (UCU) is available as well.

As an option the TOR scoring station can be connected to multi muzzle microphones to improve the accuracy of the shooting scenario. Furthermore, it is upgradeable to incorporate GPS data in the calculations for even higher accuracy.
 

Test equipment and accessories


Air Target – Portable Bang Unit PBU-I

Air Target – Portable Bang Unit PBU-I

The Portable Bang Unit PBU-1 is used to calibrate the MDI for every unique mission.

It is a small handy battery operated unit which produces very accurate sound impulses for testing microphone sensitivity, and for adjustment of the electronic circuits of AS-100 Miss Distance Indicators (MDIs).

The PBU-1 consists of two parts, i.e. the Portable Bang Unit PBU-1 and the Bang Box BB-1/C. The BB-1/C is connected via a 2.5 m long cable to the PBU-1. The sound impulse from the compressor type loudspeaker has a frequency of approx. 1 Hz is fed through a mouthpiece. Each MDI type has its own type of mouth piece. The PBU-1 is used to test and adjust all types of AS-100 MDIs.

Air Target – Test Station TST-7

The test equipment manufactured by Air Target is designed to make a complete functional test of Air Target´s scoring equipment. Basically the same test equipment is used for all Air Target´s scoring systems.

The Test Station TST-7 is designed to make a complete functional test (telemetry signal, electronics and micro-phones) of all of Air Target´s universal 12-sector Miss Distance Indicators (MDI´s) . The Test Station TST-7 can also be used when conducting calibration firings.

Test transmitter TTX-3

The test transmitter TTX-3 is a battery operated transmitter unit to check the function of the Marque and Mini Marque scoring stations. It is designed to produce the same signals as those from a miss distance indicator of the AS-100 family with 2-level FSK telemetry and CRC checksum.

The test transmitter has a six round salvo stored in memory and emulates a miss distance indicator during actual firing. The power output is, however, considerably lower and the range between TTX-3 and the scoring station is limited to about 100 meters

 

Air Target – Sleeve targets

Air Target – Sleeve targets - MDI

Sleeve target S30Z43/44

The sleeve target has a slight conical shape. It is manufactured of a thin, light weight, nylon textile fabric coated with polyurethane. It consists of a circular half spheric end, and six longitudinal gores. The end and every second gore are made of a black fabric with metal foil laminated to the inside. Remaning gores are non-laminated and glow-orange. The front part of the sleeve is provided with a wire rope used for attachment of six pull ropes. Flight stability is achieved by the three air outlet holes at the end of the sleeve. SHORT radar reflective sleeve for LIGHT TOWING AIRCRAFT AND TARGET DRONES

  • For speed range 70- 220 knots
  • Designed for Ground-to-Air gunnery practice
  • Adaptable to Miss Distance Indicator attached in front of sleeve
  • Model S30Z43: Contains floating elements to keep both the sleeve and indicator floating.
  • Model S30Z44: Without floating capability.

Sleeve target KRN 27-45

The sleeve target has a slight conical shape. It is manufactured of PVC coated fabric. It consists of a circular half spheric end, and two longitudinal orange colored gores. The front part of the sleeve is provided with a wire rope used for attachment of six pull ropes. The copper cone is attached in the front and the metallized mesh inside the sleeve. Flight stability is achieved by the three air outlet holes at the end of the sleeve.

  • Sleeve for HIGH and LOW speed operation
  • For speed range 100-350 knots
  • Designed for Ground-to-Air and Air-to-Air gunnery practice
  • Adaptable to Miss Distance Indicator attached in front of sleeve
  • Radar reflective
  • Good survivability
     

Training systems


Air Target – Ground-to-air – Prepare to protect targets on the ground from airborne threats

Air Target – Ground-to-air – Prepare to protect targets on the ground from airbo

You most likely know how much you have practiced a specific scenario, but unless you have measured the weapon system operator’s precision you are not truly prepared for live action.

Our Ground-To-Air (GTA) system is designed for target practice of airborne threats, typically an attacking aircraft, helicopter, incoming attack missile or unmanned UAV, from the ground or surface.

Acoustical, universal angle sensors, placed on hard- or sleeve targets generate accurate data in both attack- and passing mode, allowing you to design realistic training scenarios, and to instantaneously switch from one scenario to another. Train the ground based anti-air forces to protect targets of tactical importance from a fixed location or an armored vehicle and prepare the personnel onboard a surface vessel for effective self-protection.

Our sensors will indicate how each individual performs and provides them with insightful feedback in real time. Training becomes more effective as the personnel on the ground or surface will learn from each fired round or missile. Time spent training and cost of ammunition can be reduced and most importantly; you will know how well you stand prepared for live action.

Air Target – Air-to-air – Realistic training scenarios with universal angle sensors

Air Target – Air-to-air – Realistic training scenarios with universal angle sens

You wouldn’t ask the pilots to train for a battle in the air with their eyes closed. From our perspective, not using a system that allows you to measure the precision of each fired shot is equally unwise.

Our Air-To-Air (ATA) system is designed for target practice of airborne threats typically attacking aircraft, helicopter or unmanned UAV entering your air space. Acoustic, universal angle sensors placed on hard- or sleeve targets generate accurate data in both attack- and passing mode, allowing you to design realistic training scenarios of varying levels of difficulty, and to instantaneously switch from one scenario to another.

The exercise control center will see how the pilots performs in real time and can provide them with insightful auditory feedback. Access to the right information increases the level of training quality and the pilot will learn optimally from each training run. Accuracy is everything in a battle in the air. Provide your pilots with the best possible conditions in order to hit and neutralize the target they have committed to.

Air Target – Air-to-ground – Improving the pilot’s precision skills with every exercise

Air Target – Air-to-ground – Improving the pilot’s precision skills with every e

Air Target’s practice sensors can be placed on virtually anything allowing you to design realistic training scenarios of varying degrees of difficulty for air-to ground target practice.

Our universal angle target practice system allows you to optimize the value of the training in all the scenarios you design. You can for example emulate the advancement of tanks or set up fixed targets in your choice of terrain.

After each practice round the pilot receives instant feedback on the performance allowing him or her to improve their precision skills continuously throughout the training session. As training becomes more effective you maximize the benefit of each fired round or missile and can thereby reduce the time and cost of fuel and ammunition. Precision target practice not only lets you know how long the pilots have trained for; it will let you know if they are prepared for live action.
 

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