Kraken Sonar Systems has signed a teaming agreement with international defence contractor Atlas Elektronik to provide the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with an optimal solution for its Remote Mine Disposal System (RMDS).

In addition to the RMDS programme, Kraken Sonar Systems has also collaborated with Atlas Elektronik to deliver its military grade Katfish towed sonar systems to an Asian navy, as part of a major mine-countermeasures procurement programme.

Atlas Elektronik chief executive officer Dr Jens Bodo Koch said: “We are pleased to announce our cooperation with Kraken.

“By working together both companies can use their experience in sonar systems and maritime technology to meet customers' demands throughout the international maritime defence market.”

The agreement marks a milestone achievement in Kraken's sensors-to-systems strategy.

"Atlas represents the ideal partner for us in the military market; by offering advanced sensor solutions, we expect that underwater vehicles will become more affordable and reliable."

The planned collaboration between Atlas Elektronik and Kraken is intended to facilitate the provision of advanced, affordable sensory and autonomous underwater vehicle technology for the global market.

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Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny said: “Atlas represents the ideal partner for us in the military market; by offering advanced sensor solutions, we expect that underwater vehicles will become more affordable and reliable, smarter and more closely aligned with operator needs.

“We also expect that our partnership will generate significant savings of time and money for our military customers and enhanced revenue for our combined products and services.”

The two companies will continue to define and disclose further partnership programmes throughout the rest of the year.

Kraken Sonar Systems announced last February that it will deliver its Katfish towed sonar system for Elbit System's new Seagull unmanned surface vehicle (USV) as part of a separate development.