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US Navy Orders Two Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie UAS

Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator at MSPO 2021 in Poland [© Bob Morrison]

Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc. is awarded a $15.5 million contract to procure and deliver two XQ-58A Valkyrie UAS for the US Navy.

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US DoD Contract Notice, Arlington VA, 30 December 2022 : Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, California, is awarded a $15,515,343 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to procure and deliver a quantity of two XQ-58A unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with 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.

Work will be performed in Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $15,515,343 will be obligated at the time of award, $15,515,343 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 US Code 4023. The Naval Air Warfare Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

An XQ-58A Valkyrie low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle launches at the US Army Yuma Proving Ground, 09 December 2020 [US Air Force: Staff Sgt Joshua King]

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