Kratos aerial target systems use a highly reliable launch solution that is based upon either Rocket Assisted Takeoff (RATO) or pneumatic launch techniques.
Our BQM-167A uses a zero length launch rail, single RATO bottle solution. A similar launch solution is used for the BQM-167i.
The combined transportation/launch trailer for the BQM-177A/i offers unmatched versatility by reducing handling during pre-flight operations, and providing improved portability - both of which are key concerns for the user community. The dual RATO solution used by the BQM-177A/i further reduces pre-flight preparation by minimizing RATO alignment activity that is otherwise required with a single RATO launch solution.
The Kratos pneumatic launch solution is designed and manufactured for use with Firejet or other UAV systems of comparable size.