QinetiQ Tar­get Sys­tems hosts me­dia open house to show off lo­cal fa­cil­ity

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST - TIM KALINOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

QinetiQ Tar­get Sys­tems (for­merly Meg­gitt) hosted a VIP tour Wed­nes­day of its fa­cil­ity in Medicine Hat, giv­ing me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives and in­vi­tees un­prece­dented ac­cess to help cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what the com­pany does as one of the world’s lead­ing de­fence con­trac­tors.

Dur­ing the fa­cil­ity tour, at­ten­dees were shown ex­am­ples of some of the tar­get drones the com­pany cre­ates, such as the Vindi­ca­tor and Ban­shee aerial drones, the Badger ground ve­hi­cle, the Mos­quito he­li­copter drone and the Ham­mer­head boat naval tar­get.

QinetiQ rep­re­sen­ta­tives spoke about the com­pany’s in­ter­na­tional pro­file and his­tory, gave some de­tails of its work with world’s mil­i­taries, and up­dated at­ten­dees on some of its on­go­ing projects. Over the years the num­ber of prod­ucts QinetiQ of­fers has ex­panded from aerial drones to cover drones cus­tom made to act in all en­vi­ron­ments, air, land and sea. QinetiQ Tar­get Sys­tems di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions Dave Saba­dos told guests on Wed­nes­day his com­pany’s adapt­abil­ity and deep tal­ent pool of tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise have been key to its on­go­ing track record of suc­cess un­der var­i­ous past names and own­ers here in Medicine Hat.

“Mak­ing sure we are chang­ing with the po­ten­tial threats, and chang­ing with the times, is su­per im­por­tant,” con­firmed Saba­dos. “The ‘bad guys’ out there, so to speak, are al­ways chang­ing ... We are al­ways work­ing with the cus­tomer to en­sure they get what they need from us. The Ham­mer­head, for ex­am­ple, was a di­rect re­sult of the U.S.S. Cole at­tack in Ye­men where a speed­boat full of ex­plo­sives struck the side of a ship, killing 17 sailors. That made navies re­al­ize while they may be able to shoot a mis­sile at an­other ship, or shoot down a jet­fighter, there were re­ally no de­fences for a boat like this com­ing in at 50 miles an hour.

“We lis­ten to our cus­tomers and we are happy to work with them to solve those types of is­sues,” said Saba­dos. “Con­tin­ued in­no­va­tion is cru­cial.”

Af­ter the fa­cil­ity tour, at­ten­dees were in­vited to re­group in Elk­wa­ter Lake for a live demon­stra­tion of the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of QinetiQ’s Ham­mer­head boats.

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QinetiQ Tar­get Sys­tems hosted a VIP tour Wed­nes­day of its fa­cil­ity in Medicine Hat.

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