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Kraken to Supply Sonar for Elbit Unmanned Surface Vessel

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Kraken To Supply Sonar System To Major Israeli Defence Contractor

(Source: Kraken Sonar Inc.; issued Feb 23, 2016)

ST. JOHN'S, NL --- Kraken Sonar Inc. announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. will supply its KATFISH towed sonar system to Elbit Systems Ltd., a major international defence contractor based in Israel.

This past week Elbit unveiled a state-of-the-art Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) named "Seagull". The Seagull USV is a multi-mission platform boasting high autonomy levels and modular features, allowing it to be rapidly reconfigured for a wide array of missions -- including anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.

"Elbit's Seagull USV is one of the most advanced ocean drones in the world -- one that will save lives," said Karl Kenny, President of Kraken Sonar. "When our Synthetic Aperture Sonar is integrated on Elbit's Seagull USV, the system can provide remotely operated, unmanned, end-to-end mine hunting operations. These ocean drones can detect very small objects hidden on the seabed and enter confined spaces where underwater explosives are likely to be hidden. Since robotic systems can be remotely operated their use can remove people from very dangerous missions -- in essence, taking the sailor out of the minefield."

The Seagull is a 40-foot autonomous launch that can be fitted with mission modules for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Mine Counter Measures (MCM) and force protection / patrol, including a stabilized, remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun and wire-guided torpedoes for stand-off destruction of naval mines and underwater Improvised Explosive Devices.

The new maritime warfare system is the latest product to emerge from Elbit Systems Inc. The company has considerable experience in unmanned surface vessel systems, including the 30-foot Silver Marlin and the 10-foot Stingray USV platforms, plus a 30-year track record with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Elbit's Seagull system supports online operation in known and unknown areas, conducting area survey, search, detection, classification, identification, neutralization and verification. It also equipped to launch and recover other underwater robotic sensors to identify and neutralize mines. Seagull can be operated via a remotely controlled Mission Control System from the shore or from other naval assets at sea, performing missions lasting more than 96 hours (four days) at a time. Inherent networking capability supports enhanced situation awareness.

The highly autonomous and safe sailing suite includes a patented navigation system, with obstacle avoidance, which considers the international regulations for preventing collisions at sea.

Underwater Threats

The underwater defence market is evolving rapidly; responding to changing threats, tensions in the Middle East and Asia, economic and budgetary pressures and a growing trend by emerging navies to deploy asymmetrical weapons. As an example, today's diesel-electric submarines are quickly becoming one of the biggest threats to naval operations and the $2 trillion commercial shipping industry.

Compounding the threat from stealthy submarines are the hazards posed to worldwide shipping from naval mines and underwater Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). A naval mine is a self-contained explosive device placed in water to damage or destroy ships or submarines. A contact mine requires a ship to come into contact to detonate. An influence mine requires a ship to change the localized magnetic, acoustic or pressure influences to detonate.

Countering the Underwater Threat

Kraken's KATFISH is an actively controlled, intelligent towfish platform used to generate real-time ultra-high resolution seabed imagery and maps for a variety of military and commercial applications. Kraken's products are primarily targeted to the rapidly growing Unmanned Maritime Systems drone market which is primarily comprised of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs).

Until recently, conventional side scan sonars have been the leading technology for detailed mapping and imaging of the seafloor. However, Kraken's revolutionary sonar technology called Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) is now commercially available and is especially well-suited for military mine hunting missions. MINSAS delivers ultra-high seabed image resolution (3 cm), simultaneously co-registered 3D bathymetry and superior area coverage rates. 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.

Kraken Sonar Inc.is an industrial technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) acoustic sensors and underwater systems. The Company's products are sold to leading defence contractors, commercial survey companies and research institutions for producing real-time, ultra-high resolution imagery and bathymetry of the seabed.