Kratos Announces Delivery of First Production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target
SAN DIEGO — Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. has delivered the first production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) Drone System for the U.S. Navy, the company announced in a July 9 release. These production deliveries are part of the previously announced Low-Rate Initial Production Year One contracts worth approximately $37 million.
To honor the occasion, Kratos is hosting a Rollout Celebration on July 11 at the McClellan Conference Center in McClellan, California. This event, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, celebrates the first production delivery of Kratos’ highest-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial target drone system with capabilities unmatched in the industry.
Kratos is the leading supplier of high performance jet-powered unmanned aerial drone systems for both tactical missions and threat representative target purposes. Kratos currently provides its target drone systems to all branches of the U.S. military, and many allied nations around the world.
“We are honored to announce the delivery of the first production BQM-177A … to our outstanding partner and customer the U.S. Navy,” said Steve Fendley, Unmanned Systems Division president of Kratos. “The SSAT program is one of the most important in all of Kratos, and it is expected to be one of the largest programs in our company and a key element of our forecasted growth as we achieve full rate production quantities.”
“Kratos has been methodically executing on the strategic plan we previously communicated to acquire and integrate leading technology, product and intellectual property-based businesses, and be the leading platform, system and solution provider in our core business areas,” said Eric DeMarco, CEO of Kratos. “The delivery of the first production unit BQM-177A is another milestone in our continued successful execution to be the differentiated and go-to partner with our DoD customers for the rapid development, demonstration and fielding of high performance, affordable systems.”