Kratos is awarded $93 million Army drone contract

Under a new $93 million contract, San Diego-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions will build the Army’s next generation of high tech aerial drones.

The defense contractor’s Composite Engineering Inc.subsidiary in Roseville, near Sacramento, will build the Army’s advanced subscale aerial drone system, which includes pilotless target aircraft, launchers, ground equipment and spares, Kratos announced Monday.

The drones are not the same size as enemy aircraft, but they’re designed to mimic their flight patterns and electronic signatures. Composite Engineering already manufacturers similar drones for the Navy and the Air Force, such as the BQM-167A remotely-controlled target for evaluating how well air-to-air weapons work.

Kratos is expected to fill all the Army’s orders by late 2022.


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