Profile: Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc (KTOS.O)
10 Mar 2014
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos), incorporated on December 19, 1994, is a specialized national security technology business providing products, services and solutions for the United States national security. Its core capabilities are engineering, manufacturing, system integration and test and evaluation offerings for national security platforms and programs. The Company’s principal products and services are related to Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR). Kratos operate in two segments: Kratos Government Solutions (KGS) and Public Safety and Security (PSS). It manufactures and designs specialized electronic defense components subsystems and systems for electronic attack, electronic warfare and missile system platforms; integrated technology solutions for satellite communications; products and solutions for unmanned systems; products and services related to cybersecurity and cyberwarfare; products and solutions for ballistic missile defense; weapons systems trainers; advanced network engineering and information technology (IT) services; weapons systems lifecycle support and sustainment; military weapon range operations and technical services, and public safety, critical infrastructure security and surveillance systems. On July 27, 2011, the Company acquired Integral Systems, Inc. On November 15, 2011, it acquired SecureInfo Corporation. On December 15, 2010, it acquired Henry Bros. Electronics, Inc. In January 2012, the Company acquired critical infrastructure security and public safety system integration business. In July 2012, the Company acquired aerial drone and targets provider, Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEI).
Kratos Government Solutions Segment
The KGS segment provides C5ISR products, solutions and services. Its primary end customers in the KGS segment are the United States Government agencies, including the United States Department of Defense (DoD), classified agencies, intelligence agencies, civil agencies, other national security agencies and homeland security related agencies. The Company designs and manufactures a variety of radio frequency (RF) and microwave component subsystems and systems for use in command and control systems, flight instrumentation, weapons sensors, radar, communication systems, electronic warfare and electronic attack systems. Its products are integrated into a number of the DoD's ground, air, and sea-based electronic warfare platforms. Certain key programs include the Trident II D5 Missile, EA-18G Growler, P-8 Poseidon, E-2D Hawkeye, RC-135 Rivet Joint, F-15 Eagle, Gripen, F-16 Falcon, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-18 E/F Super Hornet and Firefinder Radar.
Kratos provides integrated solutions for the satellite communications and reconnaissance markets. Its products encompass satellite ground systems, including specialized equipment and software for satellite command and control. The Company’s products and services are also focused on command and control of satellite links, including monitoring links between satellites, base stations, and mobile assets such as unmanned vehicles, and detecting, locating and defending against interference and cyber attacks. Its solutions are also deployed in support of a number of military, national security related and civilian satellite systems, including global positioning system (GPS) (OCX), environmental systems (GOES-R, NPP, NPOESS), strategic warning (SBIRS), communication systems (AEHF, WGS, MUOS, TDRSS, Iridium) and a majority of global commercial SATCOM systems.
The Company supplies Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) platforms with sensors, avionics and electronic components, including electro-optical/infrared sensors, training systems and ground shelters. It also manufactures and provides avionics systems and ground flight control systems for certain UAV platforms. These products and solutions are used on UAV platforms, such as the MQ 1C Gray Eagle, MQ-1C Sky Warrior, Gorgon Stare, MQ-8 Fire Scout, RQ-4B Broad Area Maritime Surveillance and the Persistent Threat Detection System ISR platform. The Company provides a variety of cybersecurity products and services to the DoD and Intel Community. It offers NeuralStar and dopplerVUE , the Company’s software-based network management products, via software license and maintenance sales, which also serve as a platform for network-based services work. It is involved in a range of services, including installation, upgrade and maintenance of command, control, computing, and surveillance systems for customers such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United States State Department and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.
The Company operates in the area of ballistic missile test and evaluation services, primarily dedicated to AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense missions. This includes rights to the marketing of the Oriole Rocket System for target services, sounding rockets and suborbital research. This area of the Company’s business develops and produces ballistic missile defense targets. The Company’s services include aerial target operations and maintenance, surface and undersea target operations and maintenance, missile systems operations and maintenance, range operations planning and support, test and evaluation target launch operations, hazardous materials management, supply and logistics support, and manufacturing. The Company provides weapons systems lifecycle sustainment, support, and extension services for the DoD and foreign governments. These services focus on maintaining, testing and repairing certain weapons systems, such as the Chaparral and HAWK missile systems and the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter for the Warfighter.
Its learning, performance and training solutions consist of a range of products and service capabilities. The Company designs, manufactures and markets training simulators for fixed-wing aircraft (Gray Eagle, Harrier, and Prowler), rotary-wing aircraft (UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47 Chinook, and CH-53 Sea Stallion) and ground combat vehicles (M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems or HIMARS). Kratos delivers training solutions and Web-enabled or satellite-based interactive distance learning for customers in the DoD, other government agencies, universities and commercial organizations. Its training solutions include services, product development, and tools addressing a range of related disciplines that include deep human performance and competency-based needs analysis.
The Company specializes in delivering lifecycle manpower, personnel and training support for acquisition programs and a cross-domain analysis program supporting program systems integration requirements. Its design and development group delivers training solutions that span classroom, field, e-learning, simulation, mobile and serious gaming delivery modalities, as well as incorporating learning management services in its own learning management platform or client-based solutions. It provides tactical combat vehicle shelters for C5ISR systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), weapons systems and Warfighters. Its tactical military facilities and products include lightweight enclosures for military programs and platforms, such as the Littoral Combat Ship and the DDG-1000 Destroyer, as well as ruggedized and readily transported enclosures. Many of its products include High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse protection and other types of electromagnetic, electronic warfare and other protections. The Company designs, integrates and installs other components and systems into its standard products, such as command, control and communication systems infrastructure, racks and cabinets and power distribution and lighting.
Public Safety & Security Segment
The Company’s PSS segment provides integrated solutions for advanced homeland security, public safety, critical infrastructure, and security and surveillance systems for government, industrial and commercial customers. Its solutions include designing, engineering, installing and servicing physical security systems and technologies. Kratos provides solutions, in such areas as the design, engineering and operation of command and control centers; the design, engineering, deployment and integration of access control; building automation and control; communications; digital and closed circuit television security and surveillance; fire and life safety; maintenance and services and product support services. The Company provides solutions for customers in the critical infrastructure, power generation, power transport, nuclear energy, financial, IT, healthcare, education, transportation and petro-chemical industries, as well as certain government and military customers. It provides biometrics and other access control technologies to customers, such as pipelines, electrical grids, municipal port authorities, power plants, communication centers, data centers, government installations and other commercial enterprises. The Company integrates security services and solutions across a number of network and communications platforms. The Company provides integration services on a variety of platforms, including digital (IP) surveillance and security, building automation systems and controls, fire and life safety systems, access control and perimeter protection, and service and maintenance of the aforementioned systems.
The Company competes with Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, SAIC, ITT Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, ARINC, Raytheon, BAE Systems, CACI, Mercury Computer Systems, Anaren, Ducommun, VSE Corporation, Dynamics Research Corporation, Siemens Building Technology, Johnson Controls, Diebold and Convergent Technologies.
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc
Suite 200, 4820 EASTGATE MALL
SAN DIEGO CA 92121