Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Opens Aircraft Production Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6 November 2018
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., opened its new 100,000-square-foot unmanned aircraft production facility at Will Rogers Business Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The company is a leading provider of high performance, jet powered unmanned aerial drone systems for tactical and target threat representation purposes.
Kratos is opening the new facility to accommodate existing and expected increased demand for its newest line of high performance, jet powered unmanned aerial tactical and target drone systems.
The company selected Oklahoma City to be the production facility home for its Tactical UAS and Firejet (MQM-178) unmanned aerial target system, and plans to hire at least 350 employees in Oklahoma over the next five years to fill the high-skilled engineering, design, and manufacturing functions that will be needed to support the production contracts for these aircraft.
“Kratos chose Oklahoma, with strong encouragement from its Congressional Delegation,” said Eric DeMarco, President & CEO of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. “The people of Oklahoma represent a highly patriotic, educated, and motivated workforce with the technical skills that will contribute to building the affordable but technology leading weapon systems needed for tomorrow’s world. We could not be happier to be joining this cost-effective business environment and family-friendly community.”
Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, said, “We have been fortunate to be on a substantial growth trajectory with respect to our legacy unmanned aerial targets business and also now in our Tactical/Strike UAS business. This Oklahoma expansion accommodates our existing need to augment our California production capacity based on backlog orders today; but more importantly enables us to meet our expected increasing production quantity and aircraft type requirements which are expected to ramp significantly each year for the foreseeable future.”
“Our range of unmanned jet aircraft now range from about 10 feet to 30 feet in length with wingspans up to about 27 feet. Our facility selection and production layout will facilitate multiple simultaneous production lines building each of our different aircraft models, and it enables us to readily vary the production rate between models in the same facility. Oklahoma, and specifically Oklahoma City with its proximity to Tinker Air Force Base and other aerospace primes and suppliers is the ideal home for our expanding UAS production and development work,” he added.
Kratos is the recognized industry leader in high-performance, low-cost jet aerial target systems that support the U.S. military and foreign ally military customers/users, with its primary customers including the United States Air Force, Navy, and Army.
In addition, Kratos is currently under contract on multiple high performance jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems. Kratos is an industry leader in the rapid development, demonstration, and fielding of technology leading systems and products for National Security at an affordable cost.
“We are excited to have Kratos start operations here in Oklahoma City,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “The company is an excellent addition to our state’s prominent aerospace industry, and will help this industry continue to advance. During my time as governor, we have worked to bring quality companies like Kratos to Oklahoma, adding new job opportunities for Oklahomans and continuing to diversify our economy. I would like to thank Kratos for choosing Oklahoma and bringing exciting job opportunities to Oklahomans.”
The Oklahoma facility is the latest in a series of expansions announced by Kratos in recent months, including significantly expanded facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for its space communications products, and doubling of its manufacturing capacity for training and simulation systems in Orlando, Florida. This is in addition to opening offices in several cities outside the U.S. to capitalize on increasing global demand for the company’s advanced technologies, including in Saudi Arabia, Australia and Singapore.