Kratos to Develop a High Power Microwave Recorder and EW System for the US Army

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a National Security Solutions provider, has announced that the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division has been awarded a $4.9 million contract, to develop and demonstrate a Tethered High-power-microwave Recorder and Electronic Attack Target (THREAT) system for the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) Test and Evaluation (T&E) Science and Technology (S&T) and the US Army Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Orlando, Florida. The THREAT system will be used to evaluate High Power Microwave (HPM) system capabilities necessary to defeat small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).  

Electrically-driven sUAS are an emerging battlefield threat capable of carrying surveillance, communication and weapon payloads. These systems are hard to visually detect and their low radar cross section make them difficult to locate with instrumentation. Consequently, sUAS are challenging to defeat using kinetic warheads or laser-based systems. To improve counter-sUAS capabilities the Department of Defense (DOD) is evaluating electronic jamming and HPM systems. The Kratos THREAT system will be HPM hardened and used to monitor and record test environment emissions data. Development work under this contract will be performed at Kratos facilities in Huntsville, AL.