Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ Unmanned Systems Division (KUSD) has been awarded a contract for capability expansion of tactical jet drone systems.

The $3.6m sole-source contract also calls for mission system integration and test work.

Kratos provides unmanned drone systems to support threat representative target missions.

The aerial drones are used to test weapon, radar, and other systems. The company also provides tactical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in support of strike / ISR missions.

Kratos unmanned systems division president Steve Fendley said: “As we made the decision to expand from the unmanned aerial targets arena to also the tactical UAS area, we recognised the need and associated opportunity for many varied missions to be satisfied through configuration of a modular and configurable tactical UAS solution basis. This contract reinforces our ability to respond to the varied mission sets from that single basis.”

The company noted that the contracted work will be performed at KUSD facilities in Sacramento, California, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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In the press release, Kratos stated that it was not revealing further details about the contract due to customer related considerations and other factors.

Kratos president Eric DeMarco said: “This contract award further validates Kratos strategy and leadership position in the high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial drone system market area.

“We are currently under customer contract for the missionisation of certain of our tactical drones in addition to certain internally funded initiatives that are also in coordination with the customer community.”

Earlier this month, the company received a contract for tactical jet drone mission system integration and test work.