Meggitt Defence Systems Ltd

Meggitt Defence Systems Ltd, a unit of Meggitt PLC, the global aerospace, defence and sensors group, are the world leader in the design, manufacture and operation of unmanned vehicle systems and subsystems.

  • Free flying aerial targets
  • Agile vehicle systems for use on sea and land
  • RF command and control systems
  • Autopilots
  • UAV Engines

Military Air Vehicle Launchers
Unmanned Vehicle Systems and Subsystems

Together with all relevant special support equipment including air vehicle Launchers.

Military Air Vehicle Launcher - Jet Banshee Unmanned Vehicle Systems and Subsystems Jet Banshee Launched from French Navy Ship

MDS products, services and systems are used to support armed forces and security agencies worldwide. In excess of 6,000 aerial targets have been manufactured, which have been in service or operated in more than 40 countries, including 12 NATO Customers.

Meggitt Defence Systems, a unit of Meggitt PLC, the global aerospace, defence and sensors group, are the world leader in the design, manufacture and operation of unmanned vehicle systems and subsystems, including free flying aerial targets, agile vehicle systems for use on sea and land together with RF command and control systems, Autopilots, UAV Engines and special support equipment including air vehicle Launchers.

MDSL Jet Banshee Launch MDSL Jet Banshee unmanned vehicle system and subsystem Unmanned Vehicle System and Subsystem Banshee

MDS products, services and systems are used to support armed forces and security agencies worldwide. In excess of 6,000 aerial targets have been manufactured, which have been in service or operated in more than 40 countries, including 12 NATO Customers.

Remotely Controlled Aerial Target System - Banshee

The Banshee target system provides threat simulation for air defence eapon system training, both on land and at sea.  Banshee is a mature system that has been constantly updated during its service life of over 25 years to ensure it takes advantage of the latest developments in technology.

Remotely Controlled Aerial Target System - Banshee Remotely Controlled Military Aerial Target Systems Remotely Controlled Aerial Target Systems

It offers the following primary capabilities:

  • Sustained air speed in excess of 200 knot
  • Recoverable and reusable
  • Catapult launched from land or ships deck
  • Proven in over 25 years of service, world wide
  • More than 6,000 systems supplied worldwide
  • Alternative “plug and play” features to provide weapon specific signatures and performance

The VooDoo Aerial Target System

Voodoo is an affordable, manoeuvrable, high performance target system that provides a realistic threat for the world's air defence weapon systems.

The VooDoo Aerial Target System VooDoo Aerial Target System

Featuring a piston engine, to provide a long endurance capability, the Voodoo aerial target which was developed using advanced composite materials and manufacturing techniques well proven in the aerospace and motor sport industries offers the following primary characteristics:

  • Sustained air speed in excess of 300 knots
  • Recoverable and reusable
  • Catapult launched and recovered via a parachute
  • Flight to altitudes of over 9,000 metres
  • Up to four vehicles may be operated simultaneously from one ground station
  • Long endurance in excess of 2.5 hours

Both the Banshee and Voodoo aerial target systems support the following devices to provide proven weapon specific signatures and performance

  • Passive and active radar enhancement
  • Radar chaff and infrared decoy dispensing pods
  • Pyrotechnic visual and infrared enhancements
  • Black-body infrared augmentation devices
  • IFF Transponders
  • Radar Altimeter, low-altitude flight kit
  • Real-time Doppler and acoustic scoring

Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) - Agile Surface Targets Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) - Agile Surface Targets

In addition to UAV target systems, Meggitt Defence Systems Ltd. produces a range of agile surface targets to provide realistic threat simulation of Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC). Two systems are offered either for outright purchase and operation by the users own personnel or on a lease basis as part of Meggitt’s international target service capability.

Both of the systems are proven and in service. Sprite is the simpler system which can be supplied in a “knocked down” form to facilitate storage on today’s modern warships. It has been designed to be deployed from ships underway at sea and operated by Naval ratings with little or no training. Tiger Shark is a rigid hulled vessel powered by an inboard engine that can be equipped with visual, radar, laser, infra red enhancements and countermeasures to present a convincing likeness of a variety of threats.

SPRITE - Maritime Realistic Surface Target (MRST)

The low cost Sprite system has been designed to provide the worlds Naval forces with a simple system that may be deployed from ships on deployment to provide them with a realistic live fire training system. The fully inflatable hulls allow the vessel to be packed away into a small volume of approximately 2m x 1m x 1m. To improve survivability the hulls may be (optionally) foam filled and ballistic protection may be installed to reduce the risk of premature damage to the engine or vessels command and control system.

MDSL SPRITE II Towing SPRITE II Training Ex. with French Navy Sprite Maritime Realistic Surface Target

Sprite exhibits the following primary characteristics:

  • Lightweight system easily deployed from warships at sea.
  • Capable. Speeds in excess of 30 knots. Sea states up to 5
  • Simple to operate by ships personnel without formal training.
  • Safe. Established safety case and automatic operation minimize risk of collision.
  • Cost effective. A range of enhancements are available to improve survivability 

The Tiger Shark Target Boat Tiger Shark Target Boat

The Tiger Shark target boat operates at speeds of over 40 knots and is remotely controlled from distances greater than 7 nautical miles. The system is controlled by Meggitt’s own “Wizard” or “Merlin” ground control stations which can be preprogrammed for specific operational scenarios including multiple target operations. Tiger Shark exhibits the following primary characteristics:

  • Line-of-sight or OVER-the-horizon control 
  • High speed manoeuvering sea surface target
  • Designed to replicate a FIAC threat in swarms of up to 16 vehicles
  • Cost effective 'kill' target
  • Tactical Applications

All of the Meggitt Defence Systems unmanned vehicle systems are fitted with the MDS, Command and Surveillance Payload  Avionics (CASPA), command and control system featuring digital, three axis autopilot, telemetry, and GPS functions, along with other navigational features. Operator control is made through the Meggitt Defence Systems, Wizard or Merlin portable, Ground Control Stations which are able to control and monitor the performance of 4 targets of any type, simultaneously.

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