National security solutions provider Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ unmanned systems unit has received a contract for its target drones from an undisclosed customer.

The contract is valued more than $19m and will see the procurement of 21 high-performance jet target drones.

The sole-source award also includes the acquisition of spares and provision of development engineering support.

The company said it will not provide further details about the contract award ‘due to competitive, customer-related, and other considerations’.

Kratos Unmanned Systems Division president Steve Fendley said: “To prepare for a forecasted growth in demand, Kratos Unmanned has invested in and expanded our production facilities over the past 12-18 months, allowing us to begin immediately fulfilling new orders even in these uncertain times.

“We are proud to continue supporting our defence customers as critical infrastructure within the Defence Industrial Base.

“Upholding the nation’s security by helping our customers meet their critical needs while also protecting the safety and health of our employees is our top priority and will continue to be as we meet the increasing demand for our high-performance UAS.”

According to Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, the high-performance, jet-powered, unmanned aerial target drones are designed for use in weapon systems testing and soldier training.

The systems are threat representative and can imitate current and emerging threats.

Some of the aerial targets manufactured by Kratos include BQM-167A, BQM-167i, BQM-177i, BQM-177A and MQM-178 Firejet.

These are mostly used by the US Air Force and the US Navy.