Inflatable
Naval Gunnery Targets

  •   √   Durable
  •   √   Stable
  •   √   Towable or Adrift
  •   √   Radar Enhanced
  •   √   optional Electronic / Visual Enhancements

Naval Gunnery Target Balloons (NavTGTs) are required by marine, navy and coast guard units to maintain a state of readiness in target acquisition and gunnery skills.  Surface targets made from vinyl fabric, are relatively light weight, easily stored due to small deflated size, easily inflated from any powered air blower, and deployed by just a few personnel. Airbourne targets made from latex material in a variety of colors are easily inflated with buoyant gases readily available.

Most Target Balloons are Radar enhanced with reflective metal foil material intended to simulate a small craft on electronic systems.  This allows radar system operators to lock onto their target  to ascertain range and azimuth information for use by commanders to initiate simulated combat, interdiction, or rescue missions.

Special technical enhancements or modifications such as strobe lights, IR strobes, internal lights, high reflective specialty tape or other  enhancement devices are available at additional cost.

Existing targets are in use with the US Navy, US Coast Guard, Canadian Navy, Nato nations, Royal Malaysian Navy, New Zealand Navy and other military forces worldwide.  Naval Gunnery Target Balloons are freely exportable from the USA without restrictions.

Killer Lemon™

Active Tumbling Adrift Navy Gunnery Target Balloon  designed use as multiple targets adrift, tumbling, blowing, and bouncing airbourne in light or moderate seas.  Add some water inside for stability and to control rate of active tumble in waves. 

Target Balloon measures 1.5 meters³  (5 x 5 x 5 feet). It is made from heavy duty, rugged and durable Bright YELLOW 12-mil PVC vinyl film. 

Screw tight inflation Nozzle Cap with one-way chute inside to prevent back flow, Carabiners (versus D-rings) for easy "clip-on" of handling lines, 4½-inch diameter heavy duty cardboard shipping tube with easy open end cap free of exposed staples.

Visual only.  NOT Radar reflective.
Also available in  International Orange as Killer Orange™
May also be used flooded as sea anchor tether for Bogie Blimp™.
Buoyant 50-ft ¼-inch polypropylene handling line with 6-inch float

Inflates with only 135 cu. ft. of air 
Weight 20 Lbs each.  420 Lbs/pallet (20)
Shipping tube 58½ x4½in (149 x11cm)
Minimum quantity Air Freight (10) 
Minimum quantity Ground (3) 

Killer Lemon™ NavTGT Instruction Sheet (130Kb).(pending revision)

  Killer Lemon™
Killer Lemon
tumbling adrift small Naval Gunnery Target Balloon


Killer Tomato™

Adrift Navy Gunnery Target Balloon  is improved design with ring shaped flat bottom & three section flooded skirt  to stabilize target with minimal roll, wobble or bobbing in moderate seas. Hard RADAR corner reflector is fastened to secure carabiner fastener a top NavTGT for maximum range detection and visual confirmation that reflector is functional.

Target balloon measures 3 meter³ (17x17x15 feet) and is made from International Orange 12-mil PVC vinyl film. New larger vastly improved sea anchor "Skirt" to hold the NavTGT to the surface with less wobble & bobbing.

Screw tight inflation Nozzle Cap with one-way chute inside to prevent back flow, Carabiners (versus D-rings) for easy "clip-on" of handling lines and RADAR target, a new rigid RADAR Corner Reflector attachment at the very TOP of the now diagonally oriented NavTGT for best max range visibility (expect 10-15 miles in nominal sea states), 12½-inch diameter heavy duty cardboard shipping tube with easy open end cap free of exposed staples.

Green "leaf" decoration a top NavTGT to enhance appearance as the one and only legimate giant Killer Tomato™.

» Excellent Radar reflectivity.  External rigid corner reflector (12m²RCS, 10-15NM visibility).
» Buoyant 50-ft ¼-inch yellow polypropylene handling line with6-inch float 
» Inflates with 1,000 cu. ft. of air 
» Weight 48 Lbs each.  1000 Lbs/pallet (20)
» Shipping Tube 60 x12½in (152 x32cm)
» Minimum quantity Air Freight (10) 
» Minimum quantity Ground (3) 
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Killer Tomato™ NavTGT Instruction Sheet (160Kb) (pending revision)

  Killer Tomato™
Killer Tomato
adrift Naval Gunnery Target Balloon


Target X-Ray™ II

Adrift Navy Gunnery Target Balloon  is designed to be set adrift in light or moderate seas with base flooded for stability.  Easy inflation, high survivability under fire.  "X" marks the spot.

Target Balloon measures 2.3 meters high and 3 meters wide (8 feet high x 10 x 10 feet diagonal). It is made from heavy duty, rugged and durable Bright YELLOW 12-mil PVC vinyl film. 

Adrift target includes an inflatable buoyant superstructure with a submerged base at the bottom to flood with water for stability in wave action. Handling line attached to the base enables target to be righted upon deployment or tipped and drained of water during recovery.

Minimum structure above water increases survivability, except for a direct hit.
Corner Reflector mounted atop (12m²RCS).
Screw tight inflation Nozzle Cap, Carabiners (versus D-rings) for easy "clip-on" of handling lines, 12½-inch diameter heavy duty cardboard shipping tube with easy open end cap free of exposed staples. 

» Buoyant 50-ft ¼-inch yellow polypropylene handling line with 6-inch float 
» Inflates with only 22 cu. ft. of air @30psi
» Weight 6 Lbs each.  200 Lbs/pallet (20)
» Shipping tube 26 x12½in (66 x32cm)
» Minimum quantity (3)

Target X-Ray™ II NavTGT Instruction Sheet (165Kb) (pending revision)

  Target X-Ray™
Target X-Ray™ 
adrift Naval Gunnery Target Balloon


Killer Banana™

Towed Navy Gunnery Target Balloon  is designed to be towed in light seas at a speed of 10 knots (up to 20 knots max in ideal conditions).   Target Balloon measures 6.7 meters in length (22 long x 10 wide x 8½ feet high) and is made from heavy duty, rugged and durable Bright YELLOW 12-mil PVC vinyl film. 

Towed target has a V-shaped multi-layer PVC+nylon keel with a hardened Tow Loop fastener in front; heavy duty tow cable is not included.  Dual chamber hull and target pillows are easily inflated into shape for use.  After deployment over the side, space between hull tubes is flooded to provide water ballast to keep target upright.  Any excess water gained during use overflows a short inflated transom at the rear.  Optional use "water pillow" in bottom of target panel may be filled with water tof extra "contained" ballast if desired.

Corner Reflector mounted a top (12m²RCS).  (3) carabiner fasteners mounted to target panel axis for easy attachment of special equipment, lights or other gear.

Screw tight inflation Nozzle Caps, Carabiners (versus D-rings) for easy "clip-on" of handling lines, 12½-inch diameter heavy duty cardboard shipping tube with easy open end cap free of exposed staples.

» Buoyant 50-ft ¼-inch yellow polypropylene handling line with 6-inch float
» Inflates with approximately 315 cu. ft. of air. 
» Weight 60 Lbs each.   640 Lbs/pallet (10)
» Shipping tube 90 x12½in (229 x32cm)
» Minimum quantity (1)

Killer Banana™ NavTGT Instruction Sheet (270Kb) (pending revision)

 
Killer Banana™
Killer Banana™ 
towed Naval Gunnery Target Balloon


Bogie Blimp™

Tethered Airbourne Gunnery Target Balloon  is designed to be filled with helium (He) or hydrogen (H²)† and tethered to a surface anchor or towed from the surface in light seas at a speed of up to 20 knots.   Blimps from 3.5 to 9 meters long, made from very strong, light weight polyurethane.  Target has a hardened tow loop on bottom to which to fasten nylon tow line (not included).   Best used with optional Radar Corner Reflector (below).

Color:  Bright YELLOW, White or Red (other colors available by special order)

Length
(m)
AvgDia
(m)
Volume
(cu.ft.)
Potential
Load (Lbs)
Weight
(Lbs)
Box Carton
(inches)


4
5
6

9
1


2

75
160
300
370
600
1510 
1
2
10
9
15
33 
5
8
10
16
25
28 
31x23x3
31x23x3
31x23x3
43x36x4
53x36x4
53x36x4 

(all dimensions approximate)
Actual Lift varies by temperature, barometric pressure, altitude & gas used (He,H²).
† Hydrogen (H²) is higly flammable and hazardous. 
Helium (He) is non-flammable, non-toxic and safe to use. 
  Bogie Blimp™
Bogie Blimp™ 
Tethered Airbourne Naval Gunnery Target Balloon

Bogie Blimp™ NavTGT Instruction Sheet (89Kb).



 Navy Gunnery Target Balloons
 Comparison Table

Killer Lemon™
Killer Lemon™

Killer Tomato™
Killer Tomato™

Target X-Ray™
Target X-Ray™ II

Killer Banana™
Killer Banana™


Bogie Blimp™
 Target type adrift tumbling adrift adrift towed tethered airbourne
 Radar Reflecting no, visual only yes yes yes optional
 Color Yellow Orange Yellow Yellow Yellow, White, Red
 Material PVC vinyl PVC vinyl PVC vinyl PVC vinyl polyurethane
 Dimensions 1.5 meters³ 
(5 x 5 x 5 feet)
3 meters³ 
(17 x 17 x 15 feet)
2 x 2 x 3 meters
 (10 x 10 diagonal x 8 feet high)
6 x 2 x 2 meters
(20 x 6½ x 6½ feet high) 
4m x 1.3m dia
5m x 1.6m dia
6m x 2.0m dia 
 Volume (cu.ft.) 135 1000 22 315 164 / 376 / 566
 Unit Weight 20 Lbs 48 Lbs 6 Lbs 60 Lbs 8 / 10 / 16  Lbs
 Pallet Shipping Wt. (units) 480 Lbs (20) 1040 Lbs (20) 200 Lbs (20) 640 Lb (10) 80 / 100 / 160 Lbs (10)
 Minimum Order quantity (10) air, (3) ground (10) air, (3) ground (2) (1) (1)