Polish Navy Acquires Tethered Minehunting UUV

By Mike Ball / 10 Sep 2020

Kraken Robotics KATFISH towed sonar UUV

Kraken Robotics has entered into a contract to provide minehunting systems to the Polish Navy. The company will deliver its KATFISH tethered UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle), which features a Synthetic Aperture Sonar system that can acquire over 3 billion pixels per 3km2 per hour. In addition to the towed platforms, Kraken will also supply its Tentacle Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS). The equipment will be integrated onboard the Polish Navy’s new KORMORAN II Mine Counter-Measure vessels (MCMV)  in Gdansk, Poland.

Karl Kenny, President and CEO of Kraken Robotics, commented: “We are very pleased to sign this contract to supply our KATFISH and ALARS systems for the Polish Navy’s new minehunting vessels. Kraken is honoured to be working with such a strong NATO ally. Due to confidentiality reasons, Kraken cannot disclose specifics about the contract – other than to say that it is significant and that we expect it to be a strong enabler within other NATO nations. Should the Polish Navy be successful in exporting its new KORMORAN II MCMVs to other countries, we could see additional KATFISH and ALARS sales opportunities in these international markets.”

Captain Piotr Sikora, Chief, Naval Warfare Systems Branch, Armament Division, Polish Navy Inspectorate, said: “The building of new capabilities and acquiring the most advanced equipment is necessary to counter the naval mine threat in the difficult Shallow Water and Very Shallow Water zones. This was our goal during long and complex trials of our first ship, ORP KORMORAN. Kraken’s KATFISH has met all our requirements, as evidenced by our tests at sea. The unique capabilities of this system will provide us with much greater efficiency and will allow us to build strength for the 21st century. We are convinced that with such an advanced Synthetic Aperture Sonar onboard, our new MCM Vessels under the Polish and NATO flag will make a huge contribution to build both national and international security at sea as we face the naval mine challenges of the 21st century.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact