Kratos to deliver two Valkyrie stealth drones to the US Navy

By Defence Industry Europe

On December 30, the US Department of Defence announced that it had signed a contract with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems to supply two stealth drones XQ-58A Valkyrie to the US Navy.

The value of the contract is over USD 15 million.

According to U.S. Department of Defense’s statement, Kratos will deliver to U.S. Navy also “sensor and weapon system payloads to accomplish the penetrating affordable autonomous collaborative killer – portfolio objectives, including technical services non-recurring engineering, system/subsystem integration, installation, testing, ground and flight operations, logistics, and maintenance for the UAS as well as government-owned, contractor-operated operations for flight test and demonstration events at government test ranges.”

The XQ-58A Valkyrie was initially developed in cooperation with AFRL on the Low Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD) Program with multiple follow-on programs and projects for several customers and applications. These multiple program applications continue with the Skyborg Program, as well as several others related to production, specific mission applications, and operational development of the XQ-58A family of affordable, high-speed, tactical UAVs.

Representing a clean-sheet, low-cost tactical UAS, the XQ-58A is changing the paradigm for tactical UAS technology. The XQ-58A delivers a combination of long-range, high-speed, and maneuverability, along with the capability to deliver a mix of lethal weapons from its internal bomb bay and wing stations.



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