Kratos Defense & Security Solutions unit has won a $46m other transaction for prototype agreement (pOTA).

The contract has been awarded in support of the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO).

Under the three-year award, Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division will work on a prototype project.

The project will seek to develop a Directed Energy (DE) Testbed to evaluate emerging, reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) High Energy Laser (HEL) and/or High-Power Microwave (HPM) systems.

It will enhance the capacity to deploy HEL and HPM systems.

Using HEL and/or HPM deployed on ground-based and airborne platforms, the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) military utility will be showcased to engage unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

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Work under the agreement will also include research and experimentation.

The tests conducted will be related to DE test infrastructure and methodologies to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of DE test programmes.

Under this pOTA, work is expected to be performed at Kratos facilities and at government locations in Huntsville, Alabama.

KDRSS Division president Dave Carter said: “This recent award is another important milestone in our commitment to continue providing superior advanced technology solutions that is in keeping with our long-term strategic goals supporting the US Army in advancing and developing improved DE Technologies.

“We are very pleased the US Army has chosen Kratos to serve in this capacity.”

Last month, Kratos deployed its Mobile Laboratory Product as part of the US National Guard’s response efforts to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.