Technology of thermal ceramic barriers (TBC) has been chiefly designed for materials with a single thermal barrier of the 7YSZ type. A high content of Y2O3 ensures a good phase stability of the YSZ material. In search for other alternative materials suitable for TBC, the material most often examined is modified zirconium oxide. The modification consists of stabilizing the ZrO2 powder with Y2O3 and doping it with La, Gd and Nd. This paper presents the results of studies on producing cathodic zirconium oxide-based ceramic targets intended for depositing refractory heat-resistant nano-crystalline TBC coatings. The targets are characterized by a high density (close to its theoretical value) and have a homogeneous phase and chemical structure.