Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced that the company will build the new XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aircraft at its Oklahoma City production facility.
XQ-58A Valkyrie is a runway independent long-range UAV developed by Kratos in partnership with U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight on March 5.
Eric DeMarco, CEO of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., said, “Kratos is excited to announce that Oklahoma will be the future home of the XQ-58A Valkyrie. Kratos and the state of Oklahoma share a commitment to supporting our armed forces. As our company continues to grow and develop and build high-performance, low-cost technologies like the Firejet and the Valkyrie, we are proud to be doing so here. Oklahoma’s skilled workforce will help us keep America safe.”
Kratos Unmanned Systems Division opened its new production facility in Oklahoma City, November 2018, to accommodate the existing and increasing demand for its newest line of high performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial tactical systems and aerial target systems.
The Oklahoma City production facility is currently home to production of Kratos’ Tactical UAS and MQM-178 Firejet unmanned aerial target systems. Kratos expects to employ more than 350 employees in Oklahoma in the high-skilled engineering, design, and manufacturing fields to support the production contracts.
XQ-58A Valkyrie is being developed under AFRL’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) portfolio, which has the objective to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft. The objectives of the LCAAT initiative include designing and building UAS faster by developing better design tools, and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost.