Kratos Receives Unmanned Aerial Drone System Contract Award
SAN DIEGO — Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.’s Unmanned Systems Division (USD) has been awarded a $24.3 million contract for modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for the low-rate initial production of the Subsonic Aerial Target BQM-177A and technical data, the company announced March 1.
This option provides for the procurement of multiple BQM-177A targets, associated radar altimeters, technical manuals, training material/equipment, and contractor logistics support services. Work will be performed in Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed by March 2020. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
“The demand for Kratos high-performance jet powered unmanned aerial target drone systems continues to increase with the recapitalization of strategic weapon systems globally, and the U.S. Navy is one of Kratos’ most important customers across the entire corporation,” said Steve Fendley, president of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division. “Our entire organization is proud to support the Naval Air Systems Command in their critical mission.”
“Over the past several years, Kratos has been making significant internally funded investments in a next generation of high performance unmanned aerial drone aircraft and systems for both target and tactical missions, with a number of these platforms now transitioning to production,” said Eric DeMarco, president and chief executive officer of Kratos. “Over the next several years, we are forecasting Kratos’ unmanned aerial target drone business to grow significantly as production ramps up on certain of the highest performance UAS [unmanned aerial system] in the world.”