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December 21, 2015
 

Third UTAP-22 flight exceeds objectives

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced Dec. 21 it successfully performed the third flight demonstration of its Unmanned Tactical Aerial Platform (UTAP-22) Dec. 11, 2015, at the Navy test range at China Lake, Calif.
This mission demonstrated two UTAP-22 aircraft in continuous collaborative airborne operations through the tactical datalink while flying formation with one another, flying formation with a third UTAP (simulated) as the lead aircraft, lead-follow in semi-autonomous/autonomous modes, lead-follow in manual/autonomous modes, and multiple autonomous joins from several pre-join scenarios.
Additionally, the Kratos UTAP-22 successfully coordinated semi-autonomous payload deployment, breaking formation to perform independently with a subsequent rejoin, and loyal/trusted wingman flight with one UTAP being flown as if it were a manned aircraft and the second UTAP-22 joining and sustaining autonomous formation.
Throughout the mission multiple UTAP-22 were controlled by a single operator. Due to competitive and other considerations, certain other information related to the Kratos UTAP-22, including details of the company’s demonstration flights and aircraft performance characteristics are not being disclosed.  
The Kratos UTAP-22 is a high performance unmanned jet aircraft designed specifically for tactical missions and tactical payload operations/delivery with key features focused on survivability in challenging and hostile environments.  The results from this demonstration flight series validated the concept and technical readiness of Kratos’ tactical UAVs with fighter like performance operating collaboratively with each other and collaboratively with manned aircraft. The Kratos technology is scalable, enabling multiple unmanned aircraft and manned aircraft to be deployed simultaneously without requiring an operator for each unmanned aircraft.
“The successful demonstration series is an unprecedented accomplishment and an important step towards our entry in the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems market,” said Jerry Beaman, president of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division. “Manned/Unmanned teaming of tactical aircraft with a UAV capable of tactical speeds and maneuverability will provide the warfighter with an inexpensive force multiplier and unmanned wingman; an unprecedented capability.”
Eric DeMarco, president and CEO of Kratos added, “This third successful flight of multiple Kratos UTAP-22’s flying in continuous collaborative airborne operations and successfully exceeding all planned mission objectives concludes the initial development stage of Kratos tactical unmanned aerial system strategy.
“Over the past few years we have made a significant discretionary investment in the development of the Kratos UTAP-22 aircraft and the successful demonstration of its high performance and collaborative capabilities,” DeMarco said. “Now that we have successfully demonstrated the Kratos UTAP-22 and specific key capabilities, for 2016 we will be significantly reducing the capital, IRAD, NRE, and other investments we have been making, and we will focus more on the customer and market aspects of our unmanned tactical strategy which to date related feedback has been very encouraging.”




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