Kraken Robotics Inc announces 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 directly correlates to the reduction of false positives by both human operators and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software, which through advanced capabilities provided by the collaboration of the REMUS 620 and MINSAS Synthetic Aperture Sonar reduces the number of contacts required to be verified. The result is the potential for a significantly reduced MCM timeline.
Kraken’s SAS products have been integrated to HII Unmanned Systems range of small, medium and large AUVs, offering many opportunities to increase the Mine Hunting and MCM Capabilities of many NATO nations. The unique system design of the MINSAS makes it an ideal match for the REMUS 620’s modular payload and battery architecture as it can provide both 60 cm and 120 cm array offerings based on the customer’s 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.