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Kratos' Skyborg contract to bring work to Oklahoma City, California

A Kratos designed and built Mako (UTAP-22) is shown. [PROVIDED BY U.S. AIR FORCE]
A Kratos designed and built Mako (UTAP-22) is shown. [PROVIDED BY U.S. AIR FORCE]

Kratos landed another defense contract that will bring additional work to its Oklahoma City manufacturing center.

The company announced it won a five-year contract worth up to $400 million to develop a prototype air vehicle that would support the U.S. Air Force’s Skyborg program.

Officials said that efforts to create the vehicle will be performed at Kratos’ manufacturing and production facilities located in Oklahoma City and in California.

“Skyborg is a critical U.S. Air Force Vanguard program that will ensure the United States maintains our technological dominance in a period of significant nation-state competition and our readiness for the future of aircraft-based warfare,” said Steve Fendley, Kratos’ unmanned systems division president.

“Kratos has been and remains committed to advancing affordable unmanned technologies, and we are proud to be a Skyborg prime contractor, helping enable the Department of Defense to significantly increase mass and effect at dramatically reduced cost, compared to traditional aircraft programs.”

Information posted on the U.S. Air Force Research Lab’s website states the military branch designated the Skyborg program as one of three Vanguard programs in 2019.

A priority initiative, a Vanguard program integrates several technology components across multiple domains to create complex, multidisciplinary solutions that can transform future operations with cutting-edge technologies, the information states.

Skyborg aims to enable the Air Force to operate and sustain low-cost, teamed aircraft that can thwart adversaries with quick, decisive actions in contested environments.

Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next generation turbojet and turbofan engine development.

Eric DeMarco, Kratos’ CEO, noted that affordability is becoming an ever-increasing important part of technology.

“We are executing on our plan to be a disruptive leader providing affordable systems to our Department of Defense and national security partners and customer base which we work extremely closely with,” DeMarco said. “We believe that this plan is completely complementary to the Skyborg mission, and we look forward to supporting the Skyborg program for the USAF.”

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