Kraken Technology Group announced a collaboration with L3Harris Technologies to advance the integration of control systems within the K40 MANTA prototype, a stealth submersible with enhanced autonomous capabilities and ultimately, full autonomy.
The K40 is an uncrewed surface-subsurface (USSV) platform that utilizes foils for rapid surface transit before submerging for clandestine maneuvering. Kraken said the vessel requires well-established control systems and L3Harris has the necessary components and expertise required for integration into the K40 MANTA. These integrated systems will enable the remote control of the uncrewed platform for engineering testing, foil development, powertrain calibration and demonstration before enhancement in later developmental stages.
Kraken said the MANTA will feature up to a 1,000 kg payload bay for modular configuration, up to 10 days of autonomous operations, and easy stowage, launch and recovery from a variety of vessels.
“We look forward to working with L3Harris on the implementation of key systems for K40 MANTA as a foundation for future developments,” said Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group.
“L3Harris is proud to collaborate with Kraken on this groundbreaking platform,” said Mark Exeter, Managing Director, ASV, L3Harris. “Our two companies possess complementary skills, benefiting both organizations through this venture. Furthermore, this collaboration paves the way for broader collaboration, capitalizing on our shared expertise and further facilitated by our proximity to Portsmouth, a renowned UK marine innovation hub.”