Military Embedded Systems

Unmanned aerial systems company 5-D Systems acquired by Kratos


November 23, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

5-D Systems photo.

AUSTIN, Texas. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., provider of high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial systems (UAS), announced that it has acquired 5-D Systems, Inc., a CMMI Level 3 Systems and Software Engineering company.

5-D, located in Austin, Texas, is known in the defense and aerospace industry for its experience as a small business designing, developing, integrating, testing, modifying, and supporting unmanned, manned, and optionally-piloted vehicles (OPV) and aviation systems.

In addition to developing systems for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other major customers, 5-D has been a subcontractor of Kratos on many of its systems and programs including the XQ-58A and aerial target systems. 

According to officials, 5-D will be a company within the Kratos Unmanned Systems Division and will function as the Systems Engineering hub for the division, leveraging its systems and software engineers and CMMI Level 3 status.

With the Army Futures Command headquartered in Austin, Texas and with major defense and aerospace primes, plus other key defense and aerospace agencies located in Austin and the surrounding area, Austin is a strategic location for DoD-focused technology development.


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