Kratos unit to deliver BQM-167i drone system for undisclosed customer

17 November 2016 (Last Updated November 17th, 2016 18:30)

Composite Engineering (Cei), a unit of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division (USD), has received a contract to provide unmanned drones to an undisclosed international customer.

Composite Engineering (Cei), a unit of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division (USD), has received a contract to provide unmanned drones to an undisclosed international customer.

The $17.75m contract will include the delivery of multiple BQM-167i unmanned aerial target drones, support and command and control equipment, spares and related ancillary equipment.

The deal has been signed to support 30 flights across the customer's two separate sites simultaneously.

“Kratos Unmanned Systems Division and CEi further expand our international presence in the high-performance unmanned aerial target drone system market."

Kratos USD president Jerry Beaman said: "With this exciting award from this important new customer, Kratos Unmanned Systems Division and CEi further expand our international presence in the high-performance unmanned aerial target drone system market.

“Our unmanned aerial target drone systems offer the highest performance in the industry, and we're proud to be establishing this long term strategic relationship with this International Ministry of Defense as they make this infrastructure investment in our equipment to support two of their operating sites for today and into the future."

The new contract is the first of three large new customer programmes, which the company expects to receive over the next several months.

The BQM-167i has been designed to support various mission requirements, including friend-or-foe identification, passive and active radio frequency (RF) augmentation, and infrared (IR) augmentation.

It also provides customers with end-to-end weapons-release training, the company said in a statement.

Kratos USD provides unmanned drone systems for the US military and its allies.