Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) unmanned systems division (USD) has achieved the final development program milestone for its BQM-177A subsonic aerial target (SSAT), which will allow for low rate initial production (LRIP) to begin once the federal fiscal 2017 budget is approved, the company said.
The company said the SSAT program is designed to meet the US Navy´s requirements for a new high fidelity target to replicate subsonic anti-cruise missile threats in direct support of fleet training and weapon system testing and evaluation.
The BQM-177A will initially augment, and eventually replace the existing BQM-74E targets and will deliver longer range, lower cruise altitudes and greater maneuverability. The SSAT program is being managed by the Naval air system command (NAVAIR) aerial target and decoy systems program office (PMA-208).
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is a mid-tier government contractor at the Department of Defense´s third offset strategy that provides national security solutions.