Kraken Robotics Inc. has announced that its AquaPix Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) System has been selected as the standard payload offering on HII’s new REMUS 620 Medium Class UUV. Synthetic Aperture Sonar is quickly becoming the tool of choice for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations due to its significantly increased resolution and higher area coverage rates compared to legacy Side Scan Sonar. Higher resolution imagery reduces false positives by both human operators and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software, and this reduces the number of contacts and time required for mine verification.
The system design of the MINSAS makes it a match for the REMUS 620’s modular payload and battery architecture as it can provide both 60 cm and 120 cm scan arrays based on customer 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. Kraken’s SAS products have been integrated to HII Unmanned Systems range of small, medium and large autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), which will increase the Mine Hunting and MCM Capabilities of many NATO nations.
Kraken Robotics Inc. is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries, and underwater robotic systems, and has offices in North America and Europe. Image shows a REMUS UUV and a 7-meter Dory taken from an HII REMUS with MINSAS 60.