An undisclosed international defence contractor has commissioned Kraken Sonar Systems to supply a Katfish sonar system.
The $1.5m contract will see the company involved in multiple stages, starting with the first phase for the manufacture and supply of the Katfish system, including providing spare parts and support.
The contract will also position will position Kraken as a primary sonar supplier to the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) market in the next phases, which are subject to contract options.
Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny said: "This is a very significant award for us, and demonstrates that Katfish is a key objective in delivering on our ‘sensors-to-systems’ strategy.
"This contract further establishes Kraken’s underwater technologies in the Unmanned Maritime Systems industry, and positions us for future contracts on UMS platforms."
The Katfish is an actively controlled, intelligent towfish platform, fitted with sensors that are based on Kraken’s Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar technology, real-time Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) processing algorithms, and acoustic velocity sensors.
The system has been developed to generate real-time, ultra-high resolution seabed imagery and maps for a range of military and commercial applications.
Designed to deliver a detection and classification capability, the easily portable system can be quickly installed and removed from a variety of platforms.
Military forces across the globe use unmanned vessels to carry out dangerous jobs to keep human personnel away from harm’s way.
According to industry analysts Market Info Group estimate, the global unmanned maritime systems market is expected to reach $11bn (cumulative) by 2020.