Kratos awarded BQM-177A target contract
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a $25 million contract for Lot 3 of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) from the US Navy.
The company will provide 34 LRIP units under the order.
The order, which follows the initial operational capability achievement announced earlier in 2019, represents the final milestone prior to the expected Full Rate Production start for the BQM-177A SSAT.
Steve Fendley, Kratos unmanned systems division, president, said: ‘The recapitalisation of strategic weapon systems by the US and its allies to address peer-level threats is driving the need for new and additional threat representative target drones to exercise our forces and defensive systems.
‘We are proud to be the sole source provider well into the future for this crucial high performance system that emulates anti-ship cruise missiles for the US Navy and our allies.’
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