Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has successfully completed a series of test and demonstration flights for two models of its high-performance unmanned aerial drone and target systems.

Undertaken by Kratos Unmanned Systems Division (KUSD) at a government range facility, the multiple flight missions included a number of high-performance, high and low-altitude manoeuvres, as well as the deployment of countermeasure systems, tow target systems, and the engagement of missile and radar system assets.

"These recent successful flights of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’s high-performance unmanned aircraft represent important progress for the company’s unmanned systems initiative."

KUSD president Jerry Beaman said: "We believe that these successful flights, in addition to satisfying existing customer requirements, will result in a number of new opportunities for our company, including several with potential new international customers."

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions president and chief executive officer Eric DeMarco said: "These recent successful flights of our high-performance unmanned aircraft represent important progress for our company’s unmanned systems initiative.

"Additionally, we recently received a number of important unmanned drone or target system contract awards… and our new unmanned combat aerial system (UCAS) or unmanned tactical aerial platform (UTAP) remains on track for test and demonstration flights in the second half of 2015."

The trials were attended by a number of government and customer personnel, including potential new international customers.

Tests also included demonstration of certain new capabilities for one of Kratos’ latest high-performance aircraft, including the deployment of towed target systems.