Kraken Robotics Inc., Canada’s Ocean Firm, introduced it has been awarded a primary contract with the Authorities of Canada to offer Distant Minehunting and Disposal Methods (RMDS) for the Division of Nationwide Protection (DND). The contract consists of an estimated 24-month acquisition program adopted by an preliminary five-year Built-in Logistics Help (ILS) program, which incorporates choices for extra gear, spare components, coaching, and technical assist. Formal contract signature and kickoff of the Acquisition program will happen in January 2023. If all choices within the Acquisition and ILS applications are chosen, the full worth will exceed $50 million, consisting of roughly $40 million for Acquisition and $10 million for ILS. Progress funds might be revamped the 24-month time period of the acquisition contract. The RCN’s Power Growth ambitions for NMCM is to evolve current capabilities to incorporate acquisition of correct, modularized, moveable and deployable programs that decrease ship’s employees publicity to doubtlessly explosive ordnance and are operable from any platform together with from ashore. The RMDS functionality is required to make sure security for RCN warships and business ship navigating in important maritime waterways worldwide.

Beneath this system, Kraken will ship distant minehunting and disposal programs to His Majesty’s Royal Canadian Navy on the East Coast (positioned in Halifax, Nova Scotia) and the West Coast (positioned in Esquimalt, British Columbia). The RMDS consists of two lessons of Autonomous Underwater Automobiles (AUVs): Mild Weight AUVs and Operator Moveable AUVs, all of which might be geared up with Kraken’s AquaPix artificial aperture sonar. The RMDS additionally contains a lot of Fight-variant and Coaching-variant mine disposal programs (MDS), transportable command middle (TCC) and Laptop-Primarily based Coach (CBT). Kraken’s companions on this program embody Kongsberg Maritime Canada Ltd., supplier of HIl’s Mission Applied sciences Division’s REMUS AUV, thyssenkrupp Marine Methods Canada Ltd (tkMS), offering their SEAFOX mine disposal automobiles, and SH Protection who will present the containerized multi mission module system “The Dice” as transportable command middle and effector/ launch and restoration middle.


Karl Kenny, President and CEO of Kraken, mentioned “This represents an enormous win not just for the Kraken group as innovators of world-leading minehunting options, but in addition an immensely proud second for our Canadian personnel. Supply of Kraken’s RMDS answer will present Canada with a world-class mine-hunting and mine disposal functionality, and allow additional collaboration with our NATO allies, leveraging widespread know-how platforms throughout our allied fleets. For Kraken, this program is constructing upon the success now we have had supplying underwater sensors, platforms, and companies to a lot of NATO navies together with the US, UK, Australia, Denmark, Poland, and others. Kraken has deployed our SAS options on the household of HII AUVs throughout a number of nations, so we’re trying ahead to bringing that field-proven functionality to the Royal Canadian Navy.”

Nick Burchill, VP Gross sales, Kongsberg Maritime Canada Ltd, mentioned “This world class system will allow the Canadian Armed Forces to soundly detect and, if mandatory, neutralize underwater threats with out the necessity to enter a suspected minefield. Having the ability to declare sea strains of communication as “secure”, in occasions of disaster, is important to the International Economic system.”

Rick Gerbrecht, President & CEO of tkMS Canada mentioned “We’re happy to be working with Kraken to ship to the RCN our fight confirmed SEAFOX Mine Disposal Automobile, which is in energetic service with 12 navies on over 70 completely different platforms. As a part of the RMDS answer house, SEAFOX is simple to deal with, requires little preparation time and operates with a excessive diploma of security and effectivity, serving as a definite drive multiplier in theatre of mine warfare.”

René Bertelsen, CEO of SH Defence mentioned “We’re proud to have our containerized multi mission module system “The Dice” chosen by Kraken as the brand new transportable command middle and dealing with system for the Distant Minehunting and Disposal System (RMDS). With this selection of modular system, the Royal Canadian Navy won’t solely find a way obtain interchangeability between RCN platforms but in addition with allied nations. “The Dice” additionally helps the RCN’s mission necessities for future containerized maritime operations and warfare capabilities by offering the power to adapt new rising applied sciences in a secure, simple, and cost-efficient means.”

Duane Fotheringham, President of the Unmanned Methods enterprise group at HII’s Mission Applied sciences division mentioned “We’re proud to be a part of the Kraken group bringing this world class mine searching functionality to the Royal Canadian Navy. Our latest REMUS 300s represents essentially the most superior man-portable AUVs in the marketplace in the present day.”

The Minister of Nationwide Defence has a mandate to make sure that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are geared up and ready, if referred to as upon, to guard Canadian sovereignty, defend North America, present catastrophe reduction, conduct search and rescue, assist United Nations peace operations, and contribute to the safety of our allies with their operation and coalition operations overseas. Anti-mine warfare is a important mission for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), as unfriendly nations can simply disrupt the worldwide financial system by threatening to plant naval mines in essential business waterways. The RCN have a necessity to rework the best way it conducts Naval Mine Countermeasures (NMCM) and seabed mapping from a post-cold battle that focuses in pre- and post-operations mine clearance utilizing floor ships, to a shortly deployable, autonomous programs which might be correct, versatile, replaceable, value efficient, and minimizes threat to personnel. Varied allies’ analysis facilities and navies employment of those programs has demonstrated they’re efficient in dwell NMCM operations.