Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) has revealed that their Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division has been awarded a $2.2 million base contract, $4.9 million total contract value with options, to develop and demonstrate a Tethered High-power-microwave Recorder and Electronic Attack Target (THREAT) system for the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) Test and Evaluation (T&E) Science and Technology (S&T) and the U.S. Army Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Orlando, Florida.
The THREAT system will be used to evaluate High Power Microwave (HPM) system capabilities necessary to defeat small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).
Electrically-driven sUAS are an emerging battlefield threat capable of carrying surveillance, communication and weapon payloads. These systems are hard to visually detect and their low radar cross section make them difficult to locate with instrumentation. Consequently, sUAS are challenging to defeat using kinetic warheads or laser-based systems.
To improve counter-sUAS capabilities the Department of Defense (DoD) is evaluating electronic jamming and HPM systems. The Kratos THREAT system will be HPM hardened and used to monitor and record test environment emissions data. Development work under this contract will be performed at Kratos facilities in Huntsville, Alabama.
Dave Carter, President of the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division, said that this recent contract award is an important milestone in advancing the firm's commitment to provide advanced technology hardware and services. This work aligns well with the company's strategic plan to expand efforts related to Directed Energy Technologies.