Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ wholly owned subsidiary Composite Engineering has secured a contract to supply additional air force subscale aerial target (AFSAT) production target aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF).

Valued at $18m, the contract will see the company supplying lot 12 of the previously awarded lots 11-13 production contract for AFSAT aircraft.

Kratos Unmanned Systems Division president Jerry Beaman said: "We are proud that the Air Force is continuing our partnership by exercising this option for an additional production lot.

"We are proud that the Air Force is continuing our partnership by exercising this option for an additional production lot."

"It is an honour to provide products and services that enable the Aerial Targets Program Office to provide reliable threat representative targets and support that helps hone the skills of our military pilots and aircrew."

The deal will see Composite Engineering provide high performance aerial targets and technical support, working alongside Micro System which will be responsible for supplying majority of the high performance avionics utilised on the targets.

The new target systems are currently operational in the US and allied militaries around the globe.

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The system features higher simulating performance characteristics and can be used as high-fidelity enemy threat surrogates.

Last week, the company secured a contract to provide peculiar spares, contractor logistics support, and warranty repairs for the US Air Force’s (USAF) air force subscale aerial target (AFSAT) system to be operated at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and the Utah Test and Training Range.