Florida Automated Vehicles Summit Connects Autonomous Vehicle Industry Leaders from Around the Globe

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The 2017 Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit brought hundreds of thought leaders, policymakers, and engineers from around the world.

Tampa, FL — (ReleaseWire) — 11/20/2017 –The 2017 Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit held November 14-15 in Tampa Florida brought together hundreds of thought leaders, policymakers, and engineers from around the world to not only showcase and discuss new technologies and policy issues. The FAV Summit provided a forum to conceptualize new ideas and for partnerships to be created.

At the 2017 FAV Summit, Kratos Defense Unmanned Systems Division in partnership with Royal Truck and Equipment demonstrated the Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) to an international audience. Representatives from Chevron Traffic Services, Auckland, New Zealand, and Washington State DOT both rode in the autonomous vehicle as it performed a “Leader-Follower” operation. Leader-Follower operation is where a human-driven lead vehicle transmits navigation data through a Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) wireless communication link to the driverless ATMA which utilizes the transmitted information to navigate its intended path completely unmanned.

The ATMA, also known as the Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), is a first-of-its-kind work zone vehicle designed to advance safety for roadway maintenance crews. Customarily positioned behind road construction crews to protect workers from the traveling public, the ATMA/AIPV increases work zone safety by removing the driver from a truck designed as a mobile crash barrier.

The idea of the ATMA/AIPV was initially conceived at the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit three years ago and has since been deployed in Colorado, in partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), as well as in the United Kingdom, in partnership with Colas Ltd.

“The Florida Automated Vehicles Summit has always been a great venue for networking with industry stakeholders and the sharing of ideas to advance the future of transportation,” said Maynard Factor, the Director of Business Development for the Kratos Defense Unmanned Systems Division. “We are excited to see the idea of the ATMA/AIPV become a reality and proud that we can contribute to advancing the safety of roadside workers worldwide with our driverless technology.”

According to the Federal Highway Administration FHWA, in work zones in 2015, there was a crash every 5.4 minutes, 70 crash-related injuries every day, and 12 crash-related fatalities every week. Aligning with the FHWA vision of – zero deaths and serious injuries on the Nation’s roadways, the ATMA/AIPV developed by Kratos Defense is quickly becoming a game-changing solution for contributing to this vision by improving safety and efficiency in the work zone.

About Kratos Defense Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. develops transformative, affordable technology for the Department of Defense and commercial customers. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries is brought to market through proactive research and a streamlined development process. Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, training and combat systems.

For more information about the company, http://www.kratosusd.com/.

About Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit
Brings industry leaders together to address technologies, operations, and policy issues of automated, connected, electric and shared (ACES) mobility, operations, law, infrastructure, functional design, cyber security, ethics, aftermarket products, enabling technologies, and public policy. The FAV Summit showcases live connected and automated technologies which provide a visualization of the positive impacts these technologies will have on Florida roadways. The FAV Summit is hosted by Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Center for Transportation Research at USF and FDOT.

Learn more about the FAV Summit, https://FAVSummit.com.
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Kratos Mako Tactical UAS Completes Successful Flight Tests

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Kratos Mako Tactical UAS

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced that it has recently completed a UTAP-22 Mako Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) multi-UAS demonstration mission as part of a larger military exercise. The multi-UAS demonstration leveraged the recent test flight series previously conducted in preparation for this integrated operational demonstration, which featured a range of Mako’s multi-UAS autonomous capabilities. Mako capabilities demonstrated included manned/unmanned collaborative operations and the latest mission payload set capability to introduce the operational utility of the Mako into a larger scale exercise.

Steve Fendley, Kratos Unmanned Systems Division President, said, “We first flew the UTAP-22 Mako UAS at the end of 2015 in a series of successful flights, demonstrating the performance characteristics and capabilities of this high performance tactical unmanned aerial system. Since those initial flights, we have made incredible progress as evidenced by these most recent, multiple, successful flights this year, including Mako muti-UAS loyal wingman capabilities. We expect the capability expansion, utilization and success of the Mako to continue to progress into the future, and are committed to further advancing this high performance system as we move forward.”

Kratos Receives $14.5 Million in Unmanned Aerial Drone System Contract Awards

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Kratos to Deliver Eight Unmanned Aerial Drone Systems to National Security Customers

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider announced today that it has recently received $14.5 million in contract awards for eight high performance, jet powered unmanned aerial drone systems, communication, ground control and related systems from certain National Security related customers.  Kratos is a leading provider of high performance jet powered unmanned aerial drone systems for tactical and adversarial target, threat representation purposes.  The work under these recent contract awards will be performed at secure Kratos manufacturing facilities.  Due to competitive, customer related and other considerations, no additional information will be provided related to these contract awards.

Eric DeMarco, President & CEO of Kratos, said, “Unmanned systems, autonomy and related artificial intelligence are strategic focus areas for our Company, as well as state of the art ground control systems, communication and data links.  These recent contract awards with these customers are representative of the continued successful execution of our strategy to be a leader in innovating, rapidly designing and fielding affordable systems in the unmanned systems market space.”

About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops transformative, affordable technology for the Department of Defense and commercial customers. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are brought to market through proactive research and a streamlined development process. Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, training and combat systems.  For more information go to www.kratosdefense.com.

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Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Kratos and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Kratos undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although Kratos believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve many risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from what may be expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. For a further discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of Kratos in general, see the risk disclosures in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Kratos for the year ended December 25, 2016, and in subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K and other filings made with the SEC by Kratos.

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