The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded a contract to national security solutions provider Kratos Defense & Security Solutions for its MQM-178 Firejet aerial target drone system.
Under the agreement, the company will be responsible for providing the FMV with the MQM-178 aircraft, in addition to related ground support equipment, spares, payloads, components, expendables and support services.
The sole-source, single-award indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract will continue for a period of three years, with two additional three-year exercisable option periods, taking the total potential performance period of the contract to nine years.
Kratos unmanned systems division president Steve Fendley said: “This partnership enables the FMV to increase their service provision to the global defence customer community, and it increases the availability of Kratos high-performance aerial target drones even to customers whose mission rate would not support their in-country provision of an aerial target system, the epitome of a win-win-win.
“This new contract marks yet another milestone in Kratos’ already impressive penetration into international markets and helps secure our systems’ position as a long-term target drone solution for the international community.”
The first order for the MQM-178 Firejet aircraft is expected in the next two months.
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Work under the project is slated to be conducted at secure manufacturing facilities and customer locations of the company.
The low-cost MQM-178 Firejet provides customers with an opportunity to test a number of weapon systems with a single affordable high-performance unmanned aerial target system.
The autonomous aircraft has been designed to support both air-to-air and surface-to-air operations, with a combination of internal and external mission payloads.
In September, Kratos successfully completed in-depth training for operations, maintenance, and flight / piloting for a major international customer using the company’s Firejet unmanned aircraft and multiple mission sets.