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Japan Buys Banshee Jet 80+ Aerial Targets

QinetiQ Targets and Support for Air Defence Training

QinetiQ has secured a contract to supply an undisclosed number of its Banshee Jet 80+ aerial targets to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) for use in air defence training. The deal, the value of which was not revealed, will also see QinetiQ provide logistics support, spare parts, and other related equipment and services. The JGSDF seeks to initiate training with the systems next summer.

The firm said in a 10 March statement that the move marks the first time it has sold aerial targets to Japan, revealing that the latest contract is the result of more than 20 years of delivering maritime uncrewed target services, including the use of the Barracuda maritime target, to Japan.

The Banshee Jet 80+, which can be launched from both land and sea, is fitted with twin, 45kg-thrust gas turbine engines and is suitable for use against surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems. It can simulate hostile aircraft, UAVs, or cruise missiles, and reach speeds of up to 200m/s, with an endurance of over 40 minutes.

An aerial target on launch from a ground station. (QinetiQ)

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