There is no denying the sophistication of today’s defense industry, which will continue to grow and expand. And while the United States is undoubtedly taking the lead in producing high-tech, high-quality military equipment, other superpowers are also thriving in that department, including adversaries such as China, which has demonstrated rapid growth in recent years.

Among the many innovative technologies the American military adopted to train and prepare its men for the ever-changing landscape of modern warfare was using hyper-realistic unmanned drones as aerial target practice. These drones can be programmed to fly in various patterns and are capable of being equipped with sensors that allow soldiers to track their movements and assess the effectiveness of their fire.

QinetiQ Target Systems, a world-leading provider of unmanned drone targets for live-firing training, announced its latest deal with the US Army last week.

In a press release, QinetiQ said it will provide the Army’s Threat System Management Office (TSMO) with a low-cost, specially developed variant of its Banshee Jet 80+ aerial target drone. Dubbed the MQM-185B, the drone will integrate with the TSMO’s proprietary Army Ground Aerial Target Control System, modifying QinetiQ’s innovative technology accordingly. As a result, the unmanned aerial target will serve as a hyper-realistic threat target to help train soldiers for real-world scenarios during training exercises.