Kraken Robotics has secured a primary contract from the Authorities of Canada to supply Distant Minehunting and Disposal Techniques (RMDS) for the Division of Nationwide Protection (DND).
The contract contains an estimated 24-month acquisition programme following which is an preliminary five-year Built-in Logistics Help (ILS) programme.
The ILS programmes options choices for additional spare elements, coaching, and technical help.
Graduation of the acquisition programme will start in January subsequent yr.
The full worth of the contract will probably be greater than $50m if all choices below the acquisition and ILS programmes are exercised. This quantity will include round $40m for acquisition and $10m for ILS.
Kraken will ship distant minehunting and disposal programs to Royal Canadian Navy (RCN ) on the East Coast, positioned in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the West Coast, positioned in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
Apart from a number of combat-variant and training-variant mine disposal programs (MDS), transportable command middle (TCC) and computer-based coach (CBT), the RMDS additionally contains two courses of autonomous underwater automobiles (AUVs) – gentle weight AUVs and operator transportable AUVs.
The AUVs will probably be geared up with Kraken’s AquaPix artificial aperture sonar.
Amongst Kraken’s companions included on this programme are Kongsberg Maritime Canada, thyssenkrupp Marine Techniques, and SH Protection.
Kongsberg Maritime Canada is a supplier of HIl’s Mission Applied sciences Division’s REMUS AUV; ThyssenKrupp Marine Techniques Canada (tkMS) is providing SEAFOX mine disposal automobiles; and SH Protection will present ‘The Dice’, which is a containerised multi mission module system, as transportable command centre and effector/ launch and restoration centre.
Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny stated: “This represents an enormous win not just for the Kraken staff as innovators of world-leading minehunting options, but in addition an immensely proud second for our Canadian personnel. Supply of Kraken’s RMDS answer will present Canada with a world-class mine-hunting and mine disposal functionality, and allow additional collaboration with our NATO allies, leveraging widespread expertise platforms throughout our allied fleets.
“For Kraken, this programme is constructing upon the success we’ve got had supplying underwater sensors, platforms, and companies to quite a few Nato navies together with the US, UK, Australia, Denmark, Poland, and others. Kraken has deployed our SAS options on the household of HII AUVs throughout a number of international locations, so we’re trying ahead to bringing that field-proven functionality to the Royal Canadian Navy.”
The RMDS functionality is required for security for RCN warships and business ship navigating in essential maritime waterways internationally.
The RCN’s Drive Growth plans for naval mine countermeasure (NMCM) is to evolve present capacities with acquisition of programs which are correct, modularised, transportable, deployable and operable from any platform together with from ashore, whereas minimising ship’s employees publicity to explosive ordnance.