Kratos Defense Security Solutions received $14 million in recent contract awards to develop a new unmanned air vehicle, called Aethon, designed for tactical, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, missions.
The company disclosed little else about the new UAV, saying that “due to competitive, customer related and other considerations, no additional information will be provided related to these recent contract awards”. The customer for the UAV was not disclosed.
Kratos developed Aethon and owns the system design and data rights, the company says. Highlighting the secret, national security-related nature of the contract, the firm says work under the recent awards will be performed at secure manufacturing facilities and customer locations.
The addition of Aethon to Kratos’ development slate comes after the company announced that it had more than doubled the number of tactical UAVs under development, growing from three publicly declared programmes in the second quarter of 2018 to seven in