Next-Gen USVs with C-UAS & AI/ML Autonomous Systems

Kraken’s K3 SCOUT USV, K4 MANTA USSV and K5 KRAKEN Gunship are set to be outfitted with BlueHalo’s autonomous innovations and C-UAS systems in order to develop next-generation uncrewed vessels By William Mackenzie / 08 May 2024
Next-Gen USVs with C-UAS & AI:ML Autonomous Systems
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BlueHalo is working with Kraken Technology Group (Kraken) to integrate its Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML)-backed autonomous mission systems into Kraken’s littoral security platforms.

The partnership aims to develop next-generation uncrewed surface vehicles (USV) and uncrewed surface/sub-surface vehicles (USSV) along with multi-domain, ‘marsupial’ capabilities.

BlueHalo’s autonomous technology will be integrated within Kraken’s K3 SCOUT USV, the K4 MANTA USSV and the K5 KRAKEN Gunship. BlueHalo will also integrate its Titan and SkyView Radio Frequency (RF)-based counter-uncrewed aircraft system (C-UAS) technologies as a payload within the K3, K4, and K5 portfolio for mobile, maritime UAS detect and defeat capabilities. 

The BlueHalo AI/ML-backed autonomous platform will serve as the primary core of autonomous operations and functions within the Kraken USV and USSV–leading mission-focused operations. It will maintain situational awareness, signal directions to the autonomous maritime controller, enable multi-vessel swarming, and support hybrid maritime and land “marsupial” operations.

The companies assert that these developments will yield significant innovations in maritime autonomy, and will develop new littoral capabilities addressing critical national security priorities.

BlueHalo states that it has extensive technical experience delivering state-of-the-art autonomous capabilities, including R&D, engineering, systems development, fabrication and prototyping, manufacturing, integration and sustainment activities. The company offers an entire ecosystem of uncrewed solutions purpose-built for any environment.

Kraken develops and manufactures disruptive, scalable littoral platforms at high-volume, including:

  • K3 SCOUT – a low-cost, low-signature, high-performance autonomous multi-mission USV for use both commercial and military applications. 
  • K4 MANTA – a unique, innovative scalable platform under development which will bring multi-mission payloads over large distances, before submerging for covert infiltration, persistent reconnaissance or loitering roles. 
  • K5 KRAKEN – will be a definitive built-for-purpose, high-performance littoral gunship, capable of rapid solo or swarmed precision engagement in defense of littoral or afloat assets.

Jonathan Moneymaker, BlueHalo Chief Executive Officer, commented; “This expansion into the maritime domain is one of several initiatives we have been planning as part of our long-term strategic vision. 

“The ability to rapidly and seamlessly adapt current leading technologies to adjacent domains allows us to out innovate adversaries and extend BlueHalo’s ring of protection.Kraken’s innovative spirit and passion for customer success align directly with our DNA and we are excited to be bringing these disruptive offerings to the mission.”

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, added; “Partnering so closely with BlueHalo on the integration of K3 has demonstrated clear synergies in both vision and expertise.

“With this combined effort, Kraken and BlueHalo are working together to expand these innovations across our other vessels and pursue even more opportunities to meet critical customer needs. Game-changing capabilities deployed at pace is our sole objective, and this partnership will ensure our ability to deliver against exponentially growing market demand.”

Posted by William Mackenzie Connect & Contact