Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) has been awarded a USD12.6 million contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), in coordination with STRATCOM and the strategic capabilities office, to explore the use of high speed drones in autonomous or semi-autonomous roles, the company said.
The drone roles are designed to support fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft. To enable this concept development, the US Department of Defense (DoD) needs to rapidly integrate and test both DoD and commercial capabilities onto a high-speed drone test bed. Under this effort, the DIUx has contracted with Kratos for the integration of certain sensors into the UTAP-22, flight services and for Kratos UTAP-22 to demonstrate in a large, complex exercise. As part of this effort, Kratos has partnered with a non-traditional defense contractor and will examine new, innovative Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operator interface concepts for controlling multiple high performance unmanned aerial vehicles.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is a mid-tier government contractor at the forefront of the Department of Defense´s third offset strategy. Kratos is a technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution company focused on the United States and its allies´ national security.