Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a contract from the US Navy for Lot 1 of the BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) to procure 35 targets aircraft and technical data.

Work under the initial full rate production (FRP) $29.2m contract will be executed primarily at Kratos facilities in Sacramento in California and Fort Walton Beach in Florida.

If the Lot 2 and 3 options of the contract are exercised at the maximum production quantities, the total contract value will be $130.13m.

Kratos Unmanned Systems Division president Steve Fendley said: “This FRP 1 award, coupled with the site activation efforts we are undertaking around the globe in support of the US Navy, in spite of the significant challenges posed by the current pandemic, represents a huge stride forward towards achievement of Full Operational Capability for the BQM-177A SSAT within the coming fiscal year.

“Kratos is immensely proud of our role as the sole-source provider of this high-performance unmanned aerial system emulating the most advanced cruise missile threats posed by potential adversaries.

“We look forward to providing this revolutionary and evolutionary capability to the US Navy and its allied and coalition partners for the next several decades, with this program and platform expected to be one of our most important and fastest growing.”

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