Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has secured a contract modification from the US Air Force (USAF) to update satellite control and management systems.

Valued at around $11.3m, the contract requires the company to update the USAF satellite control and operations.

The upgrade will allow system-consolidation, architectural updates and security improvements to support current and future military communication satellite missions while decreasing operation and maintenance costs.

Commenting on the deal, Kratos president and CEO Eric DeMarco said: “Kratos is an industry leader in satellite communications command and control, signal monitoring, intelligence and satellite beam monitoring via our global spectrum solutions monitoring and geolocation business.

“Kratos customers recognise our company’s leadership position in innovation, and rapidly developing and fielding leading technology solutions at an affordable cost.”

“The company’s satellite communication business currently supports more than 85% of the US space missions.”

The company’s satellite communication business currently supports more than 85% of the US space missions and is used by more than 75% of the world’s commercial satellite operators.

Its products and services range from command and control (C2) to signal processing, RF interference mitigation, network operations and cybersecurity.

Kratos satellite products include EPOCH IPS satellite fleet management system, Monics carrier management product, Compass managing satellite networks, and NeuralStar for terrestrial network operations and service quality management (SQM).

Kratos operates the only global network of RF monitoring and interference detection sensors through its satellite business, by providing commercial and government clients with important situational awareness data and analytics.

It currently includes 18 worldwide monitoring sites hosting more than 70 antennas with visibility to more than 60 satellites, 150 beams and 280 transponders.