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Kraken reels in $1-M federal contract for its ThunderFish robot

Kraken Sonar Inc. had its ThunderFish Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (UAV) in the waters Conception Bay on Friday morning in anticipation of a trip later this month to the mainland, where it will be deployed in Lake Ontario to aid in the search and recovery efforts of nine test models for the Avro-Arrow.
Kraken Robitics' ThunderFish Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. - Contributed

Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has been awarded a $1-million contract with the federal government its ThunderFish 300 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kraken Robotics Inc.

The ThunderFish 300 was initially pre-qualified in April 2018 under the Canadian government’s Build in Canada Innovation Program and, now the contract has been awarded, Kraken expects to deliver the ThunderFish to its test partner, Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), in Halifax in the second quarter of this year

 “We are very pleased to be contracted to deliver our ThunderFish AUV to DRDC. This represents a pre-commercial R&D sale of ThunderFish,” Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO. “We are continuing development of the ThunderFish AUV platform to bring additional features to the market including the integration of our Multispectral SAS and 3D laser scanner sensors.”

According to Kraken, the ThunderFish is a marine robot designed for ultra high-resolution seabed imaging and mapping applications.

“It can be used for a wide range of oceanographic and military tasks including underwater surveys, environmental monitoring, habitat mapping, marine archaeology, inspection of submerged structures, searching for downed aircraft and naval mine countermeasures,” a statement from the company reads. “Thunderfish carries an array of sensors and custom payload modules, including Kraken’s AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar. The platform can be configured to operate at depths up to 6,000m and is ideal for monitoring or surveillance tasks where cost efficiency, ease of deployment and operational simplicity matters. Its modular design allows for rapid sensor reconfiguration and battery replacement.”

Headquartered in St. John’s, Kraken Robotics Inc. is marine technology company focused on the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. It also has offices in Dartmouth, N.S., Toronto, Ont.; Bremen and Rostock, Germany; and Boston, Mass.

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