Hammerhead USV-T

CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 10, 2013) A Hammerhead unmanned, remote controlled vehicle from the Canadian navy auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS Preserver (AOR 510) makes a close pass by the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) during a live-fire exercise during the annual UNITAS multinational maritime exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker/Released)

Hammerhead is an unmanned surface vehicle target (USV-T) built by Canada's Meggitt Training Systems. The composite-hulled vessel can reach speeds of 40 knots with a gasoline-powered engine. A single operator can control up to four Hammerheads using the Universal Target Control System.

In May 2010, 16 Hammerheads were operated simultaneously to simulate a fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) boat swarm. The drone is designed to be expendable and costs less than $100,000 per unit. More than 190 Hammerheads have been sold to Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States, and Germany.

Hammerhead operating at speed in high sea state.


Video of May 2010 Swarm-ex off Vancouver Island (CFB Esquimalt).