Tactical Jet-Powered Drone Completes Successful Test Flight

By Mike Ball / 29 Aug 2021

Kratos Air Wolf Tactical Drone

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has undertaken a successful test flight with its Air Wolf Tactical Drone System at the recently approved Burns Flat, Oklahoma Range Facility. The Air Wolf is the latest addition to Kratos’ family of high-performance jet-powered drones, which includes the attritable UTAP-22 Mako, XQ-58A Valkyrie, and the reusable X-61A Gremlins drone.

The test flight included multiple new payloads carried by the Air Wolf, including a proprietary Kratos artificial intelligence/autonomy system, which has been developed by the company specifically for high-performance jet drones.

The newly approved Burns Flat Test Range and Facility is an important new strategic asset for Kratos, enabling the company to accelerate its drone testing and demonstration and further increase its ability to rapidly develop and demonstrate jet drones, supporting subsystems, and other tactical systems and aircraft.

Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, commented: “This successful Air Wolf flight at the recently approved Burns Flat Range facility is the latest example of the teaming approach Kratos routinely takes with its partners at the local, state and federal government levels with the objective of accelerating technology development and a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math advancement.”

“The Air Wolf drone system that successfully flew today demonstrated a number of new mission systems which we believe are operationally and tactically relevant for Kratos’ government customer set, as our proven commercial development approach and robust digital engineering, modeling and simulation capabilities, and affordability-focused processes continue to successfully rapidly deliver affordable high performance jet aircraft, not just models, surrogates, or renditions.”

Eric DeMarco, President and CEO of Kratos, said: “Kratos thanks Senator Inhofe, the Federal Aviation Administration and all other government stakeholders in bringing the Burns Flat Range and Test facility to a reality, and we believe that Burns Flat will be an incredibly valuable asset to the State of Oklahoma and for companies like Kratos. Kratos’ Ghost Works played an incredibly important role in today’s successful Air Wolf flight, and with our Valkyrie, Mako, Gremlin and Air Wolf drones, we believe that we are ready now, today, to meet our customers’ requirements with a family of affordable, high performance jet drones in the disposable, reusable and attritable classes.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact