Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced plans to expand its newly established business unit in Birmingham, Alabama. With the support of critical enhancement programs provided by the State of Alabama, Jefferson County and the City of Birmingham, Kratos says it expects to add 76 jobs and make approximately $8.6 million in capital investments in its Birmingham facility over the next five years.
Kratos acquired the engineering division of Birmingham-based Southern Research in an $80 million asset transaction in May. The acquisition establishes Kratos SRE, an advanced concept group within Kratos’ Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division. SRE currently employs about 140 engineers, technicians and program support professionals conducting work in support of the space community, the Department of Defense and other national security customers.
The Kratos SRE Birmingham growth plan is part of the company’s overall strategy to expand technology capabilities in areas specifically related to hypersonics. The new positions, with an average annual salary of $95,000, will be a mixture of engineers, technicians and support staff.
“We appreciate the support that Kratos has received from the State of Alabama and the Birmingham local government,” said Dave Carter, President of KDRSS. “Training grants and other key incentives allow us to accelerate our capabilities expansion and enhance the already impressive workforce at Kratos SRE. The Birmingham advanced concepts business unit is a key enabler to expanding Kratos’ leadership in hypersonics and other technology areas.”
The growth plans for Kratos’ Birmingham advanced concepts business unit were announced in conjunction with the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, held just outside of London. Company representatives met with the Alabama team today at the “Made in Alabama” booth on the opening day of the high-profile trade event.
“Over many decades, the talented workforce in the Southern Research Engineering Division has made many important contributions to the nation’s space program and critical national defense programs,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “I look forward to seeing the Birmingham Kratos SRE business unit continue their record of amazing accomplishments as Kratos makes investments in advanced concepts and expands their technical capabilities.”
“Kratos is the perfect home for my engineering team. From hypersonics to ISR applications, Kratos brings tremendous synergies across all of our technical platforms,” said Michael Johns, former Southern Research Engineering Division Vice President and now Kratos SRE Senior Vice President. “We have long been the leader in understanding materials in extreme environments for applications, including hypersonics, but now as part of Kratos, we are able to support programs all the way through flight test and beyond, substantially increasing our total addressable market opportunity.”