Airbus Produces 2,000th Target Drone


The 2,000th target drone produced by Airbus Defence and Space’s Target Systems & Services has rolled off the production line in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the company announced on Monday. Target drone number 2,000 is a Do-DT45 model intended for use in a military training exercise with Airbus partner Andøya Space Defence. Launched by ramp, the Do-DT45 target drone is designed to simulate high speed targets, offering a top speed of 440 knots and climb capabilities up to 25,000 feet.

“The current volatile world situation shows that a functioning air defence is more important than ever,” said Frank Härtel, head of Target Systems & Services at Airbus Defence and Space in Friedrichshafen. “In this respect, we make our contribution to a safer world out of deepest conviction: With our aerial target drones and services, Air Defenders can prepare themselves in case of threats and save lives.”

According to Airbus, its target drones have been used for military training for more than 20 years now. Alongside the Do-DT45, Airbus Target Systems & Services produces the Do-DT55 for simulating anti-radar missiles, Do-HT05 to represent combat helicopters and Do-DT25 to mimic fighter jets, drones and cruise missiles. The company noted that its Do-DT series can also be outfitted with sensors and data links for testing interactions between uncrewed and crewed aircraft or autonomous air-to-air refueling technology.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. Wunderbar! Airbus defence is producing V-1!
    This is why they call it ‘defence’, take out fences, destroy protections.
    When are they going to have the monopoly in model airplanes? Is the only field they don’t touch

  2. The drone in the picture reminds me of the ’50’s Regulus that I first saw looong ago as part of a submarine model kit.

  3. If you want to test your defense equipment capabilities then simply go to Ukraine and do it on the real thing! Test against real systems. What is not said is what the explosive payload capacity of these might be. I bet if the Ukrainians get their hands on them they will become weapons not target drones.