Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ wholly owned subsidiary Micro Systems has secured a contract to support the US Army ground aerial unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) / unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) command and target control systems.

The contract includes a $60.7m base and has two options worth approximately $25.3m. The cumulative face value of the contract stands at around $85.95m.

The company will support the US Army’s ground-based infrastructure, which includes software updating, cybersecurity inspections and installation of replacement parts.

Kratos unmanned systems division president Steve Fendley said: “We are incredibly excited about this substantial win for the unmanned systems and for Kratos overall.

“This enables us to evolve, develop, and apply new technologies to the UAS / UGV command and control systems for the army, which support development, testing, and training associated with our country’s defensive systems and military personnel.

“Our ground-based infrastructure capability, the foundation for this contract, is key to our overall unmanned vehicle strategy to design, develop, and produce the entire system.

“Kratos is fully committed to developing affordable technologies and proud that these systems are employed to enable our troops and defensive systems to remain at the highest level of capability and readiness.”

Since 1985, Micro Systems has been the primary designer, manufacturer, and supplier of ‘high-performance unmanned aerial and ground target command and control systems’ to the US Department of Defense.

These systems have provided ‘robust capability’ supporting more than 3,000 operational weapon system test missions across the world.

Last month, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions won a subcontract to upgrade CH-47F Chinook maintenance training systems.