British maritime technology company Kraken Technology Group (KTG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thales for the ongoing development and provision of bespoke systems for the Kraken K50 maritime precision engagement platform.
The K50 has been designed to deliver high levels of performance, modularity and operational capability for modern green-water security operations.
Further areas of collaboration and development will include the development of advanced composite high-performance craft, in addition to bespoke electric and advanced hybrid powertrain solutions, all of which will be built at a new advanced engineering and technology center.
Thales will provide the ability to integrate a range of sensor and weapons equipment with scalable command and control, communication and networking systems. Thales has also identified the world-leading Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) as a candidate for integration onto Kraken.
LMM, also known as ‘Martlet’, has demonstrable capability in air defense and surface attack, able to defeat a range of threats including Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and fast jets, aligning it with Kraken’s key principles of high performance, multi-role use and adaptability. This integration is in conjunction with Thales’ other partners MSI-DSL, who are developing a new lightweight launcher matched to LMM.
“We are exceptionally pleased to be teaming with one of the most well-respected names in the defense and security industry, and looking forward to working together to address the growing requirement for advanced powertrain and modular composite structure solutions for the precision engagement sector,” said Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group.
“This arrangement exemplifies Thales’ approach to partnerships and building relationships, working with unique platform capabilities to enhance the offering and choices for the end user,” added Ivor Humphrey, Business Development Executive at Thales. “Additionally, building with KTG to develop a UK enterprise which can add to the prosperity of the UK, whilst also understanding how we might collaborate with our worldwide network of customers to evolve local opportunities.”