Drone maker picks up more military contracts

Military drone-maker Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, the San Diego-based company with a manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City continues to get more and more defense contracts.

The latest is one for more than $19 million to build 21 jet-powered target drones to be made in Oklahoma City.

The company’s Unmanned Systems Division obtained the sole-source contract in which the company will also provide development engineering to enable key specific misson capability for the customer, who was not identified. But it’s clear the contract is with the government.

Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, said, “To prepare for a forecasted growth in demand, Kratos Unmanned has invested in and expanded our production facilities over the past 12-18 months, allowing us to begin immediately fulfilling new orders even in these uncertain times. We are proud to continue supporting our Defense customers as critical infrastructure within the Defense Industrial Base.”

Kratos Unmanned Systems Division is a leading provider of high performance unmanned aerial drone and target systems for threat representative target missions to exercise weapon, radar, and other systems; and tactical aerial drone systems for strike/ISR and force multiplication missions. Due to competitive, customer-related, and other considerations, no additional information will be provided related to these new contract awards.

But Kratos recently was selected to be a part of what is called the Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite Quantity-Multiple Award Contract to support the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems. The surface vehicle family includes platforms and systems that comprise the Navy’s future unmanned surface fleet. The contract ceiling for all the orders under the program totaled more than $982 million.

Earlier, Kratos announced it had won a nearly $3 million option contract for Command and Control System Mission Kits to support U.S. drone operations.

Source: Kratos