Kratos to develop DE system prototype technologies for US Army

23 November 2018 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2018 11:56)

National Security Solutions provider Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has secured a new contract in support of the US Army’s Directed Energy (DE) systems.

Kratos to develop DE system prototype technologies for US Army
A counter – rocket, artillery and mortar live-fire exercise at Thompson Hill Range at Fort Sill, Okla. Credit: Jennifer McFadden, Fires Bulletin.

National Security Solutions provider Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has secured a new contract to support the US Army’s Directed Energy (DE) systems.

Valued at $29m, the contract has been awarded to the company’s Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) division.

The company will commit to developing prototype technologies, components and subsystems to support the advancement and upgrade of the existing or new DE systems.

It will help expand the DE system capabilities of counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM), counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS), and / or counter intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C-ISR) missions.

“This recent contract award is another important milestone in our commitment to continue providing superior advanced technology engineering support.”

The enhanced capabilities will help support the operations of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (USA SMDC/ARSTRAT).

KDRSS division president Dave Carter said: “This recent contract award is another important milestone in our commitment to continue providing superior advanced technology engineering support.

“This aligns with our strategic plan to expand support to the US Army in advancing and developing directed energy technologies. We are very pleased the US Army is allowing us to serve them in this capacity.”

The specific prototype technologies to be developed by Kratos include beam control, high energy lasers, adaptive optics, sensors, fire support and target tracking.

These technologies will be able to directly increase mission effectiveness of the US military personnel, in addition to the supporting platforms, systems, components or materials proposed to be procured or developed by the US Army.

Work is expected to be carried out at several Kratos facilities and government locations in Huntsville, Alabama, US.