US Navy to Evaluate Kraken Sonar
Kraken Robotics Inc.‘s wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has been selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comparative Test Office, to participate in a Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program in support of a U.S. Navy Program of Record managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command, EOD Program Office.
The FCT is designed to test selected foreign technologies as evaluated by U.S. military operators, with a view to future procurement.
The contract value is $0.9 million. Under this contract, Kraken will integrate its AquaPix MINSAS sensor on a man-portable AUV owned by the U.S. Navy.
Man-portable AUVs make up the largest deployment of all AUV classes worldwide. The U.S. Navy and its allies continue to invest in man-portable AUVs, which utilize a range of sonar technologies.
Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS synthetic aperture sonar sensor is currently offered in the MINSAS 60, 120, 180 and 240 configurations and has been traditionally integrated to medium- and large-size AUVs and towfish.
As part of this FCT contract, Kraken will optimize the MINSAS 60 sensor for small, man-portable AUVs while offering a significant increase in capability and performance for man-portable platforms.