Satnews Daily
February 23rd, 2016

USAF Awards Kratos $18.7 Million To Provide Unmanned Aerial Target Systems AFSAT 


[Satnews] Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its subsidiary, Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEi), has received a $18,674,455 million award for the Lot 12 option on the previously awarded Air Force Subscale Aerial Target (AFSAT) Lots 11-13 production contract. CEi will provide an additional quantity of 21 AFSAT production target aircraft plus the associated warranty. Work will be performed at the company’s Sacramento, California production facility.  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

The contract will be performed by the Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, comprised of CEi and Micro Systems, Inc. (MSI):

  • CEi, located in Sacramento, California, will lead the effort and provide high performance aerial targets and technical support. 
  • MSI, located in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, will supply the majority of the high performance avionics utilized on the targets to include critical command / control and flight computer systems.

CEi target systems are used as high fidelity enemy threat surrogates, simulating performance characteristics of certain threat aircraft and missiles, and are utilized by US and allied militaries around the globe for weapons testing and training requirements.  Kratos is a leading provider of high performance unmanned aerial target systems, unmanned aerial ground and sea platforms, command, control, avionics control, and termination systems.

Jerry Beaman, President of Kratos' Unmanned Systems Division, said, “We are proud that the Air Force is continuing our partnership by exercising this option for an additional production lot.  It is an honor to provide products and services that enable the Aerial Targets Program Office to provide reliable threat representative targets and support that helps hone the skills of our military pilots and aircrew.”