Kratos Defense & Security Solutions received a $25.4 million U.S. Navy contract for Lot 3 of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT).
The firm-fixed-price contract contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and will see the procurement of 34 LRIP Lot 3 BQM-177A SSATs and technical data.
The contract work will be performed in Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed March 2021.
Steve Fendley, Kratos Unmanned Systems Division President, commented, “This LRIP III award following the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) achievement announced earlier this year, represents the final milestone prior to the expected Full Rate Production start for Kratos’ BQM-177A SSAT. Once in full rate production, these programs have historically been decades long both in operations and production. The recapitalization of strategic weapon systems by the U.S. and its allies to address peer-level threats is driving the need for new and additional threat representative target drones to exercise our forces and defensive systems. We are proud to be the sole source provider well into the future for this crucial high performance system that emulates anti-ship cruise missiles for the US Navy and our allies.”