The path not taken.
- Oct 9, 2009
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions believes there is a big future in small things - in particular, small jet turbine engines.
Really, small-sized weapon(SDB, or CUDA class weapon) make some help for cost reduction of warXQ-58A could carry 4 SDBs or at least two Peregrine-sized AAM internally.
"... Speaking hypothetically about future capabilities, Fendley also says the recently unveiled Raytheon Peregrine, a half-sized, medium-range, air-to-air missile, could be carried in the XQ-58A’s weapons bay. The Lockheed Martin Cuda might be another air-to-air missile candidate, he says.
The UAV’s weapons bay is sized to carry four small diameter bombs, but could fit at least two Peregrine-sized air-to-air missiles, says Fendley. Adding air-to-air missiles to the XQ-58A would help fulfill one of its envisioned roles as an escort wingman for manned aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II or Boeing Super Hornet F/A-18E/F. ..."
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions expects to be on a contract before the end of September 2019 to integrate communications and autonomy payloads into its XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned air vehicle (UAV).www.flightglobal.com
The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned air vehicle (UAV) was damaged during landing after completing its third flight on 9 October in Yuma, Arizona.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/edited-transcript-ktos-earnings-conference-042512563.htmlAs we reported on our last earnings call, Program F has successfully completed its initial under contract demonstration flight series, and additional contract demonstration flights for enhanced capabilities are now planned for the first half of 2019. Once all planned demonstration flights are successfully completed, we expect an initial Project F unit order late in 2019 or early the following year.
We can now also report to you that we expect Project Spartan, which has an extremely high-performance drone we have been working on, which is flying today to be under contract in Q2, Q3 of 2019 for initial demonstration flights.
We have also now begun initial discussions with the customer on what we internally and initially will call Project A and Project Z, with each of these UAS' also now flying today. Project A and Project Z are 2 new tactical system-related opportunities we have been working on for some time now. And we are expected to continue to make progress on each of these going forward, with hopes through an initial contract award late in 2019 or early the following year, also as related to the 2020 budget.
Additionally, and very importantly, we are close to executing a lease on another large, new drone manufacturing facility, which will require custom build-out over the next several months for security-related reasons related to a new tactical program we have recently been successful on, Program [Fanatose], which is expected to have a material financial impact to Kratos beginning in 2020. Due to the restricted nature of this new Kratos program, we are unable to provide any further details at this time.
I remember reading somewhere about a pylon mounted drone that could be released to defend AWACS/ Tankers. I cant for the life of me remember where now... it would seem to be an option just an escort that you carry with you type deal. Though that would decrease loiter or payload as a tradeoff opposed to a separate escort.