Oklahoma-built XQ-58A UAV completes 2nd successful flight

The XQ-58A Valkyrie pictured during a second test flight June 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Randolph Abaya)

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built by Oklahoma City-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has completed its second successful test flight, the Air Force reported Monday.

The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a low-cost unmanned air vehicle, successfully completed all test objectives during a 71-minute flight, June 11, at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, the 88th Air Base Wing reported Monday in a press release. The Valkyrie is a long-range, high subsonic unmanned aircraft designed for the Air Force.

Kratos Defense, of San Diego, Calif., announced in April it would be building the XQ-58 at its 100,000-square-foot unmanned aircraft production facility at the Will Rogers Business Park in Oklahoma City, which it opened last November.

The Valkyrie completed its inaugural flight March 5 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The joint Kratos and Air Force design effort was a product of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) program, “which has the objective to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft,” according to an Air Force press release.

Kratos announced in April it expected the Valkyrie production, along with production of the Air Force’s MQM-178 Firejet target drone, to create 350 new jobs in Oklahoma City.

There are a total of five planned test flights for the XQ-58A, with objectives that include evaluating system functionality, aerodynamic performance, and launch and recovery systems.