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Kratos Subsidiary to Provide AF Carbon Fiber Drones; Glenn Wells Comments

KratosLogoA Kratos Defense and Security Solutions subsidiary has won a $32.8 million sole-source contract option to provide the U.S. Air Force drones made of carbon fiber and epoxy-based materials.

Kratos said its Composite Engineering subsidiary will provide the branch 28 BQM-167A Air Force Subscale Aerial Targets and one year of logistics and technical support.

This option award covers lots six through 10 of the program.

The Air Force says the AFSAT drones are built for air-to-air combat and are land-launched by a rocket-assisted takeoff and from a rail system.

“We are excited to provide these targets and services to the USAF as we prepare to support the upcoming AFSAT lots 11-15 sole source procurement,” said Glenn Wells, CEI senior vice president and general manager.

CEI makes aerial vehicles, drones, ground stations command and control equipment and turnkey aircraft, said Richard Selvaggio, president of Kratos’ unmanned solutions systems division.

Deliveries under lots six through 10 could start in late 2013 and Kratos said the last delivery will occur no later than mid-2015.

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Written by Ross Wilkers

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