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Kratos cleared to market Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally

15 March 2018
The Mako jet-powered UAS can now be marketed to certain undisclosed European and Asia-Pacific nations. Source: Kratos

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March.

The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to certain undisclosed European and Asia-Pacific region countries.

News of the approval to market the Mako comes just days after the company’s president and CEO, Eric DeMarco, said in late February that Kratos was “currently working towards a large production contract with a new international customer, which we hope to receive in the next several months”. No further details were released.

As noted by Kratos, the Mako offers fighter-like performance and is designed to function as a wingman to manned aircraft, as a force multiplier in contested airspace, or to be deployed independently or in groups of UASs. It is capable of carrying both weapons and sensor systems.

Derived from the Kratos BQM-167A sub-scale target drone, the Mako has been flying since late 2015 and has already performed a manned/unmanned teaming demonstration alongside a US Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II.

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