Kratos to supply subscale aerial target systems for USAF


Kratos Defense & Security Solutions' wholly owned subsidiary Composite Engineering has secured a contract to procure peculiar reparable spares and consumables for the US Air Force's (USAF) air force subscale aerial target (AFSAT) system.

Valued at $37m, the deal requires the company to provide peculiar spares, contractor logistics support, and warranty repairs for the AFSAT system to be operated at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and the Utah Test and Training Range.

Kratos Unmanned Systems Division president Jerry Beaman said: "We are extremely proud the USAF has selected the BQM-167A for the AFSAT.

"This contract will ensure viability and uninterrupted support for the platform for the foreseeable future."

"This contract will ensure viability and uninterrupted support for the platform for the foreseeable future."

Powered by a single MicroTurbo Tri 60-5+ engine, the BQM-167A is a re-usable, remotely-controlled target, designed to support the air-to-air weapon system evaluation programme and other USAF and Department of Defense (DoD) air-to-air test and evaluation sorties.

Manufactured using carbon fibre and epoxy-based materials, the land-launched drone can also support multiple missions by carrying a broad spectrum of towed targets and payloads, such as a scoring system, infrared and radar enhancements, electronic attack pods and a chaff / flare dispenser set.

Work under the contract will be carried out at Sacramento, California, US, and is scheduled for completion by the end of February 2022.

In 2013, Composite Engineering received a contract for the delivery of 28 BQM-167A air AFSAT systems to the USAF.

Valued at $32.8m, the sole source award represents the final delivery option of the AFSAT Lots 6-10 contract secured by the company.