The Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has handed over the first production BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) to the US Navy (USN).
A formal rollout event was performed on 11 July in McClellan, California, in conjunction with the USN. Actual handover of the first BQM-177A target to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) was completed during June.
Designed to initially augment, and eventually replace, the USN's existing BQM-34S and BQM-74E target drones, the BQM-177A is a high-fidelity aerial target vehicle that will be used to replicate subsonic anti-cruise missile threats in support of fleet training and weapon system testing and evaluation.
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