Military Embedded Systems

Skyborg program contract focused on AI in UASs won by Kratos


December 09, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., national security solutions provider and manufacturer of high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial systems (UAS), announced that Kratos has received a $37.7 million award from the AFLCMC/WA Advanced Aircraft Program Executive Office.

The award will be for the Skyborg Delivery Order (DO) 2 contract to integrate, test, and deliver the XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft.

Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, says, "The Skyborg Program, one of three USAF Vanguard Programs, is focused on expanding the envelope of the application of unmanned aircraft use, particularly with respect to Artificial Intelligence."

The contract includes three phases of design, integration, and flight testing of the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie system, integrating multiple customer-defined mission payloads and customer-defined autonomy in coordination/cooperation with the Skyborg System Design Agent company, Leidos. Kratos currently works in partnership with Leidos’ Dynetics on the Gremlins Program.

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