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Kraken to supply sonar system to Israeli defence contractor

The Newfoundland manufacturer’s Kraken Active Towed Fish hunts naval mines and underwater IEDs.

February 23, 2016   by PLANT STAFF

Kraken The Seagull USV measures 12 metres in length, has a top speed of over 60 kph and can carry a two-and-a-half ton payload.   Photo: Kraken

Kraken The Seagull USV measures 12 metres in length, has a top speed of over 60 kph and can carry a two-and-a-half ton payload.
Photo: Kraken

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. will supply its KATFISH towed sonar system to Elbit Systems Ltd., a major international defence contractor based in Israel.

Elbit’s Seagull, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is a multi-mission platform that rapidly reconfigures for a wide array of missions such as anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.

Kraken’s KATFISH, an actively controlled, intelligent towfish platform, generates real-time, ultra-high (3 cm) resolution seabed imagery and maps for a variety of military and commercial applications. Its miniature interferometric synthetic aperture sonar (MINSAS) is suited for military mine hunting missions.

Kraken, a manufacturer of acoustic sensors and underwater sonar systems, says the ability to generate centimetre-scale sonar resolution in all three dimensions has the potential to provide significant improvements in the detection, classification and identification of small seabed objects such as underwater mines and IEDs.

Towed sonar systems acquire sonar data at high speed and in real-time, a critical feature for mine-hunting operations to enable the earliest possible identification and classification of underwater threats. Onboard processing enables real-time analysis of sonar data, significantly reducing post-mission analysis time.

No financial details were released.

Kraken is a subsidiary of Krakem Sonar Inc. based in St. John’s, NL.


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