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HII Selects Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar for REMUS 620 UUVs

Kraken Robotics’ AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar system design makes it suitable for the REMUS 620’s modular payload and battery architecture By Phoebe Grinter / 30 Dec 2022
HII REMUS 620 with Kraken MINSAS 60 Payload

Kraken Robotics’ AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) system has been selected as the standard payload offering on HII’s REMUS 620 Medium Class UUV.  

Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) offers increased resolution and higher area coverage rates compared to legacy Side Scan Sonar, and is therefore a viable option for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations.

According to Kraken, higher resolution imagery directly correlates to the reduction of false positives by both human operators and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software, which through advanced capabilities provided by the collaboration of the REMUS 620 and MINSAS reduces the number of contacts required to be verified. The result is the potential for a significantly reduced MCM timeline.

Kraken’s SAS products have been integrated to HII Unmanned Systems’ range of small, medium and large AUVs, offering opportunities to increase the Mine Hunting and MCM capabilities of many NATO nations.

The unique system design of the MINSAS makes it suitable for the REMUS 620’s modular payload and battery architecture as it can provide both 60cm and 120cm array offerings based on the customer’s requirements, making room for additional sensor or battery payloads as needed. 

Kraken’s MINSAS provides out-of-the-box high-resolution, real-time onboard beamforming which supports embedded ATR, enabling smart autonomy features such as dynamic mission re-tasking based on contacts identified.

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