The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie team has been honored in the Technology and Innovation subcategory. The team, which partners AFRL and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., proved that low cost can be achieved while maintaining high performance. The XQ-58A is the pathfinder for the attritable class of aircraft that provides the warfighter the capability to project air power with mass, complexity and unpredictability.
Part of the AFRL’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology portfolio, the vehicle was collaboratively conceived, designed, built and tested to be a tactically relevant platform that augments manned systems. Kratos and AFRL demonstrated procurement agility by moving the attritable concept from contract to flight within two and a half years.
“The XQ-58A Valkyrie is a great example of what happens when a dedicated government and industry team works toward a common vision,” said AFRL Program Manager Doug Szczublewski. “The Valkyrie is a remarkable accomplishment, requiring a highly collaborative approach to meet the program’s performance and cost objectives, all while achieving first flight in 30 months. Completing three flights that successfully accomplished all flight test objectives, the XQ-58A provides the Air Force another model for the way we build and buy aircraft. Our team has a lot to be proud of and is honored to be recognized by Aviation Week’s prestigious Laureate Award.”
The Aviation Week Network Laureate Award recognizes the extraordinary achievements of individuals and teams within the aerospace industry. Awardees are selected based on their accomplishments, innovation and vision that inspire and enable progress within the field.
The Medium Scale Critical Components team and the XQ-58A Valkyrie team will be recognized in a formal ceremony held in the spring of 2020.