Kraken gets $485,000 to develop A-LARS technology
New systems will support recovery of unmanned maritime vehicles.
ST. JOHN’S, NL — Kraken Sonar Inc.’s subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. will receive federal R&D funding of up to $485,000 for the development of an autonomous underwater vehicle.
The non-refundable financial contribution from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) will be applied to the development of autonomous launch and recovery systems (A-LARS) for unmanned maritime vehicles.
Kraken Sonar Systems, a marine technology company based in Conception Bay, NL, makes software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems.
The initial A-LARS will support Kraken’s KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar underwater towbody.
Kraken said next-generation surface vessels will carry a variety of unmanned vehicles and modular mission packages that will require specialized launch and recovery equipment. The A-LARS will help bring an unmanned vehicle and its payloads aboard a host ship safely, efficiently and without damage.
In both military and commercial markets, unmanned surface and underwater vehicles are the way of the future and present a wide range of revenue opportunities, said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s president and CEO. “Having in-house capability to design and manufacture autonomous launch and recovery systems will add significant benefits as we continue to evolve our sensors-to-systems strategy.”
The NRC funding will be used to expand Kraken’s Handling Systems Division based in Dartmouth, NS and help with potential handling systems work related to the Canadian Surface Combatant program, the procurement project that will replace the Iroquois and Halifax-class warships with up to 15 new ships.