During the MSPO 2015 event in Kielce, the Air Force Institute of Technology showcased the Jet-2 flying target drone, which made its maiden flight last year. This twin-engined drone acts as an imitator of the airborne threats for the anti-aircraft systems, primarily for the Neva and Kub SAM systems.
During the MSPO 2015 event in Kielce, the Air Force Institute of Technology showcased the Jet-2 fast flying target drone, which made its maiden flight last year. This twin-engined drone acts as an imitator of the airborne threats for the anti-aircraft systems, primarily for the air defence component of the Polish Army. The unmanned target is used mainly for executing training for the operators of the Neva and Kub SAM systems. As it was declared by the representatives of the manufacturer, in the future the drone could be used throughout the training process regarding the crews that would operate the Wisła and Narew systems.
The Institute – recently – has also created a new testing station for small jet engines, to meet the needs of the project. Jet-2 drone received new, more reliable and powerful engines. Thus, the estimated performance of the new flying target has also been greatly improved. During the 2014 tests the drone reached the speed of 505 kilometres per hour. Now, the top speed is estimated at the level of 720 kilometres per hour. The ceiling that is achievable by the launched drone is contained within the range between 200 to 5000 meters. Maximum take-off weight is 110 kilograms.
Initially, the project was funded with the use of the Institute’s own assets, as a continuation of the project dating back to 1995, the aim of which was to look into the issue of the manoeuvring airborne targets. Further down the road, the new target was developed with the use of the budgetary funds, covered by:
Jet-2 is one of a few jet-powered target drones developed in Europe. The manufacturer, once the test programme is finalized, also plans to gain the interest of the Polish Armed Forces in the manufactured imitators. Export sales are also being considered.