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Kratos Claims New 'Secret' UAV Entering Production

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posted on Aug, 8 2017 @ 06:15 PM

A secret unmanned air vehicle (UAV) from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is expected to move into production by the end of this business quarter, Kratos’ chief executive says on 8 August.

Kratos first tipped off the existence of the confidential programme earlier this spring, after confirming to FlightGlobal that the company had successfully completed several demonstration flights with the new jet-powered, high-subsonic (UAV).

Kratos has not revealed the identity of the UAV's government agency customer.

During a presentation at the Jefferies 2017 Investor Conference, Kratos CEO Eric DeMarco told investors revenue from the secret programme will help double the company’s UAV business over the next year.

The UAV is designed for an anti-access area denied environment and its altitude performance ranges up to 45,000ft, DeMarco says. Kratos has not disclosed the aircraft’s g-force tolerance, stealth profile or range, but says the jet can perform sustained-g turns and weaves. Like other Kratos UAVs, the new aircraft is launched on a railed catapult and recovered by deploying a parachute and floating to the ground.

Rail launch means probably not very big, but still...a secret UAV. or it was.

posted on Aug, 8 2017 @ 11:49 PM
Why do I imagine KRATOS employees all wearing matching jumpsuits? Why are all of them so poor at marksmanship?

posted on Aug, 9 2017 @ 06:57 AM

posted on Aug, 11 2017 @ 06:01 PM
So if its rail launched then it wont be the XQ-222 Valkyrie or UTAP-22 Mako. Which incidentally both these systems have suddenly disappeared from the Kratos website. I was able to eventually find a Kratos PDF giving the characteristics of the Mako but nothing else, at least not from Kratos. In any case these two systems are meant to be wingmen partners to F-35/F-22 and possibly some legacy 4th Gens like SH with very large range in the order of 1400-1500nm radius, so unlikely this rail launched secret UAV is able to achieve that given it would need to be compact with a corresponding small fuel load to be practically rail launched from (presumably?) a forward operating location. Sounds more like it is destined for SF or CIA customers.

EDIT: Update. Actually I am wrong, turns out the UTAP-22 IS capable and designed for rail launch, possibly the XQ-222 is also then? Interesting as I wouldn't have thought that practical. You learn something every day.
Kratos UTAP-22 Specs
edit on 11-8-2017 by thebozeian because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 11 2017 @ 08:16 PM
a reply to: thebozeian

They were originally looking at new target drones, possibly for fifth gen aircraft. Without a DC-130 or something similar, you don't want to put the complexity needed for runway launch of something that probably won't come back.

posted on Aug, 12 2017 @ 05:32 AM
if they made them say half the size of a Sidewinder then something the F22 or F35 could house them in internal bays for sneaky Top Gun tactics.

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