US to purchase BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Targets for Saudi Arabia

According to information published by Kratos on December 28, 2021, the company announced following the Government announcement that Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) has been awarded a contract modification to procure eight BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Targets for the government of Saudi Arabia.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 BQM-177A Sub-Sonic Aerial Target (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The BQM-177A is the US Navy’s next-generation Sub-Sonic Aerial Target (SSAT). Capable of speeds in excess of 0.95 Mach and a sea-skimming altitude as low as 6.6 feet, the BQM-177A has no equal when it comes to delivering realistic anti-ship missile threat emulation.

This versatile aerial target supports a variety of mission requirements by carrying a wide array of internal and external payloads. These include proximity scoring, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), passive and active RF augmentation, electronic counter-measures, infrared (IR) augmentation (plume pods), chaff and flare dispensers, and towed targets.