Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) announced it received approval by the U.S. State Department to internationally market a second of the company’s jet tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), in addition to Kratos Mako.
The company’s systems will be marketed to certain North American, European, and Asia Pacific region countries. “All of Kratos’ UAS are runway independent, RATO/rail launched and parachute recovered, making Kratos systems ideal for distributed strategic and tactical locations worldwide," Steve Fendley, Kratos’ unmanned systems division president, said in a statement.
Kratos Tactical UAS are designed to function as a wingman to manned aircraft as a force multiplier in contested airspace, or be deployed independently or in groups of UAS, according to the company.
“Over the past several years, consistent with Kratos stated strategic plan, we have made approximately $85 million in investments to develop and field a suite of high performance UAS in which Kratos owns the intellectual property and related data package. These investments are now substantially complete and Kratos is in rate production on multiple separate unmanned aircraft with our current forecast to deliver over 100 jet UAS in 2018," Eric DeMarco, Kratos’ president and CEO, said in a news release.
The University City-based company is currently under contract on multiple high performance jet powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems.