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Ultra Sonar Systems has joined forces with Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. to support the supply of the SeaScout® system to the Royal Danish Navy (RD). This system is comprised of Kraken’s KATFISH™ towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar vehicle, Tentacle Winch® and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS). It will be integrated onto the RDN’s optionally unmanned surface vessels in support of their Mine Countermeasure (MCM) activities.

KATFISH is a high speed, actively stabilized towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar vehicle designed to be deployed from manned or unmanned surface vehicles. Equipped with Krakens state-of-the-art AquaPix® synthetic aperture sonar, the KATFISH will be used to survey the seafloor in ultra high-definition at larger area coverage rates than ever before.

These capabilities enable operators to search for seabed and tethered mines from a safe distance in real-time, thus removing any operators from harms way. Throughout the survey, information is transmitted to both manned and unmanned platforms (through the tow cable and radio respectively) where objects of interest can be tagged for closer inspection. Once a potential threat is identified, MCM can be employed to inspect the object or to safely dispose of it.

Ultra’s Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) engineering team will provide expert support to Kraken throughout the delivery phase in the production of ILS documentation, as well as supporting Kraken’s installation and commissioning teams in the field, with an option to continue to support the complete SeaScout system throughout the lifecycle once it is in service with the RDN.

Jack Richardson