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They have surface to air missiles shot at them in the surface mode. They've had bombs dropped on them by aircraft. They are being used by 12 international customers on four continents in training exercises jimmy choo red suede shoes aimed at saving lives. At least that's what Spencer Fraser, president of Meggitt Training Systems Canada Inc. of Medicine Hat, Alberta a supplier of advanced target systems to militaries around the world can't do enough of, this being to talk about the success of the ongoing Hammerhead project. "One of the things we don't do enough in Canada is celebrate successes," he says. On Friday, Jan. Theriault Son Ltd., a boatyard in the Acadian heart of Clare in southwestern Nova Scotia, to celebrate the production of the chimi choo 250th Hammerhead Unmanned Surface Vehicle Target (USV T). (You can watch a video from the ceremony by clicking here.) These state of the art unmanned vehicle systems can simulate threats at sea and are used in self defence training exercises by the western navies, including the Royal Canadian Navy, and other military customers to train against deadly attacks. Theriault Son a privately owned, family run business dating back to 1938 is the only company in Canada building the Hammerhead hulls. They use advanced composites and a unique hull design. Beyond their involvement, around 100 other Canadian sub contractors also partake in the production of the product. Ever since the 2000 suicide attack bombing of the USS Cole, in which 17 American sailors were killed, western navies have focused on countering this type of deadly attack. The Hammerhead is a tool that allows them to do jimmy choo leopard shoes so. One example of a threat that the Hammerheads help to train against is a swarm. "If you come at a Canadian warship with a similar sized vessel, the odds of you surviving against a Royal Canadian Navy frigate, or a US ship, is minimal," says Fraser. "But if I come at you with jimmy choo agnes sale 50 guys on jet skis or boats, it's like a swarm of bees." "So the training scenarios vary from being a tracking scenario where they just want to do situational awareness... to going through their rules of engagement," he explains. (You can see a Meggitt video posted to YouTube about the swarming training by clicking here.) Fraser won't discuss the costs of producing the Hammerheads after all, he says, they wouldn't want their competitors to go online and Google it. Because they're meant to be an expendable, consumable product (how long the units last varies, depending on the training they're being used for) the challenge was to produce them in a fiscally responsible fashion, which Fraser says has been achieved. Theriault Son Ltd. "They've convinced Albertans that we can build a product here in Nova Scotia that is world class that we can ship all over the world, instead of sending our sons and daughters to Alberta to build a product," he said. "They were able to convince the Albertans to come to us." The boatyard's general manager Gilles Theriault noting that the company builds a variety of products from fishing vessels to a contract it's working on now to build a passenger ferry for Halifax says diversification in their product lines has been key to staying relevant and busy. "Our employees are quite proud of what they achieve on a day to day basis and the Hammerhead is really exciting for them," he says. Meanwhile, although some of these units may have a short lifespan depending on how they're used in training, others have more than proven their longevity.

"We have a unit 005, that target has been used off the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, it's been to the Indian Ocean, it's been to the Mediterranean, it's been to the Baltic, it's been to the North Atlantic, it's been to the Caribbean, it's been here to Digby Harbour," says Fraser. "That one actually has lived so long it's going into a museum.".


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