Thales & Kraken

THALES TO WORK WITH KRAKEN GROUP ON NEW MARITIME GUNSHIP

Capable of 65 knots (nearly 75mph) fully laden, the KRAKEN is a built-for-purpose, ultra-high performance offensive platform, designed for solo operations or swarmed force projection to protect assets at sea.

Heavily-armed with missiles, Miniguns, 30mm canon, torpedoes and designed for rapid precision engagement, it is not a sight any would-be adversary would want to see coming  over the horizon.

Designed by British-based Kraken Technology Group (KTG), the KRAKEN will be built at a new advanced engineering and technology centre in the UK.

The development of the platform has also taken another step forward with the recent announcement that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thales for the development and provision of bespoke systems. 

Thales in the UK will provide the ability to integrate a range of sensor and weapons equipment on board with scalable command and control, communication and networking systems. 

The memorandum has also identified the world-leading Thales Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) as a candidate for integration onto the platform. 

Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)

Ivor Humphrey, Business Development Executive at Thales who has been working with KTG, said: “LMM has a proven capability in air defence and surface attack and is able to defend against a number of threats, including fast inshore attack craft, unmanned aerial vehicles and fast jets.

“The system also complements perfectly Kraken’s key design principles of multi-role thinking, high performance and modular adaptability.”

“When combined with Thales’s suite of sensors, communications and decision support systems, it becomes a formidable and potent capability.”

This integration is in conjunction with Thales’s other partners MSI-DSL, who are developing a new lightweight launcher matched to LMM, as well as remote weapon stations for several other gun systems on board.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, said: “We are exceptionally pleased to be teaming with one of the most well-respected names in the defence and security industry.

“The K50 platform is a game-changer for a number of reasons. We have designed it as the spiritual successor of the renowned allied Motor Torpedo Boats and PT Boats of World War Two. These boats were small, but armed with unmatched speed and firepower to hunt in packs both in offensive and defensive capacities.

“K50 KRAKEN is about performance. The top speed of 65 knots is based on a fully laden condition, designed and engineered from the keel up to operate as a fully integrated weapons platform, which far exceeds anything currently available. It will push boundaries in every respect.

“It can operate solo, but is also designed to collaborate in swarms both offensively and in deterrent modes. The Motor Torpedo Boats were revered as the ‘Spitfires of the Seas’, and we see the KRAKEN in much the same way in today’s context, as the maritime ‘Apache of the Seas’ – a formidable, fast threat and a visual deterrent to hostile actions.”

Kraken Technology Group has a strong pedigree in high performance technology, but also draws on the experience and expertise of former UK and US special forces military personnel in its team.

Mal added: “The input of the ex-operators is crucial. The KRAKEN is not an adapted patrol or insertion boat rebadged as a gunship. It is a dedicated design, tailored for high-speed precision-engagement, with end-user insights of the fast-paced reality of littoral operations and the need for integration and modularity being key.

“It is designed for a fully laden top speed of 65 knots which is a real market differentiator. It has a cruise speed of 50 knots and a range of 400 nautical miles which can be significantly enhanced through the use of extended-range fuel tanks.

 “We know that the threats in the maritime environment are ever changing and believe that the KRAKEN will directly address the interdiction, interception and fast patrol needs of navies, border patrol and law enforcement agencies around the world.” 

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Steller Systems

British technology and advanced maritime manufacturing company Kraken Technology Group (KTG) and Steller Systems, a world-renowned naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, have entered into a formal collaboration.

Steller Systems are the naval architects and marine engineering partners on KTG’s K50 KRAKEN programme. The two organisations have identified a considerable opportunity to further enhance KTG’s ambitious and innovative product development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as to create rapid routes to production for Steller Systems’ maritime security concepts. This partnership is now extending beyond K50 into the development of both fast landing craft and autonomous platforms.

The signing of a formal Teaming Agreement will enable the combined team to accelerate disruptive maritime platforms from concept stage, through architecture and engineering process, to prototyping, production readiness and advanced manufacturing. Together they will create more innovative, customer-requirement focused, integrated and interoperable products with quicker concept-to-readiness timescales, meeting the increasingly diverse demands of the fast-evolving security market.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, commented:

“We were a formidable team in the development of the K50 KRAKEN, and formalising a deeper collaboration between Kraken and Steller Systems to further accelerate the delivery of a broader range of similarly game-changing products is a logical and exciting progression.”

Steller Systems’ Managing Director, Rob Skarda, added:

“This collaboration with Kraken Technology Group will act as a force-multiplier for Steller Systems’ expertise, providing an expert route to prototype and market for some of our future-facing innovations workstreams, as well as ensuring Kraken’s product integrity remains truly world class.”


ABOUT KRAKEN 

• Kraken Technology Group is a UK company founded in 2021 and structured around decades of cross-sector expertise and pioneering experience in the marine industry.

• High-performance heritage is embedded in the company DNA and underpins both a disruptive and pioneering approach to maritime design and manufacturing.

• KTG’s core management team come from a diverse range of marine, automotive and security backgrounds, with several having served operationally in the British and US Special Forces.

KRAKEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP PRESS OFFICE
Phone: +44 (0)1252 448 169
Mobile: +44 (0)7739 461 061
Email: kraken@singletonpr.com 


ABOUT STELLER SYSTEMS
www.stellersystems.co.uk

• Steller Systems is a leading independent consultancy practice specialising in naval architecture and marine engineering in the surface ship, submarine and uncrewed vessel domains.

• Steller Systems supports its clients’ programmes with concept design, detailed design, modelling, analysis, in-service support and advice on mitigating the risks of integrating complex systems.

• Steller Systems works on programmes in both the military and commercial sectors.

• Steller Systems was founded in 2011 and is based in Nailsworth (Gloucestershire) and Hamble (Southampton), UK.

STELLER SYSTEMS
Phone: +44 (0)1453 707717
Email: enquiries@stellersystems.co.uk

Dillon Aero

Currently employed by all branches of the U.S. military and in more than 30 countries, Dillon’s M134D Minigun is one of the most reliable weapons in the world given its capacity, simplicity in loading and ease of maintenance. Designed for speed and accuracy, the M134D is a true force multiplier and ideal for the operational requirements of the K50 KRAKEN which includes close proximity maritime engagement.

Dillon’s M134D will combine with systems from recently announced partners Thales and MSI-DS, to ensure all K50 KRAKEN effectors are fully systems-integrated, CMS-led and precisely-aimed for maximum operational efficacy in its maritime precision engagement role.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, commented:

“The iconic M134D Minigun has been linked to maritime platforms but never a boat like the K50 KRAKEN. Its legendary firepower is a key ingredient in this definitive maritime precision engagement platform, and our technical collaboration with Dillon Aero will be another critical addition to the focussed effectiveness of the KRAKEN gunship.”

Randy Nance, International Business Development Manager at Dillon Aero, added:

“The Dillon Aero team are pleased to be partnering with Kraken, and to be bringing the M134D’s fire power and ability to suppress close range targets to such a game-changing vessel. We’ve not seen anything like the K50 before, and setting new benchmarks in fire-power for ultra-high-performance boats is something we’re excited being a part of.”


ABOUT KRAKEN 

• Kraken Technology Group is a UK company founded in 2021 and structured around decades of cross-sector expertise and pioneering experience in the marine industry. 

• High-performance heritage is embedded in the company DNA and underpins both a disruptive and pioneering approach to maritime design and manufacturing. 

• KTG’s core management team come from a diverse range of marine, automotive and security backgrounds, with several having served operationally in the British and US Special Forces. 

• KTG acquired Vector Racing in 2021 to accelerate its ongoing development programme into high-performance alternative powertrain solutions. 

KRAKEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP PRESS OFFICE
Phone: +44 (0)1252 448 169
Mobile: +44 (0)7739 461 061
Email: kraken@singletonpr.com 


ABOUT DILLON AERO
www.https://dillonaero.com

• Dillon Aero has fielded more than 6,000 weapons systems in more than 30 countries. Since the Dillon M134D and M134D-H became the standard model in US and allied services in 2003, the company has relentlessly strived to improve all aspects of every system and installation. Our engineering staff has successfully integrated the M134D system into 18 different rotory wing platform types totaling some 400 plus airframes, brought the system to ground vehicles and remote weapons stations, and developed the Point Guard Naval Self Protection System for use on both large naval vessels and small boats.

• Since 2000, Dillon’s product line has grown to include high-capacity feed systems for the M134D as well as the M240, M60, PKM, .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun, and MK19 Grenade Launcher; a wide range of helicopter, naval, and vehicle weapon mounts, and a complete line of safety and support equipment for the Minigun.

MSI-DEFENCE SYSTEMS LTD
Phone: +44 (0)1603 484 065
Email: sales@msi-dsl.com

MSI-Defense Systems

UK based, MSI-DS are a land and naval weapon systems specialist with more than 120 years of experience in the defence industry. Specialising in precision engagement, weapons direction, remote situational awareness and hard kill on a range of host platforms, MSI-DS has developed cross-domain weapons platforms and control systems for naval, land, and littoral environments.

This partnership agreement reflects many areas of collaboration and development between both parties, specifically the integration of MSI-Defence Systems Seahawk Compact Weapon Station (CWS30) and LMM launcher (CWSM) into the K50 KRAKEN maritime precision engagement vessel. This will meet fast interception and interdiction requirements of navies, border forces and law-enforcement agencies.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, commented:

“We look forward to working with MSI-Defence Systems to equip the KRAKEN with their range of advance weapon systems. MSI-DS is well recognised for developing, delivering and supporting weapons systems with outstanding performance and precision. This partnership will deliver key aspects of the KRAKEN’s specific precision engagement requirements, which features 5 different types of inbuilt weapons systems covering air, surface and sub-surface.”

John Meldrum, Managing Director at MSI Defence Systems Limited, added:

“I believe the MSI-DS and Kraken partnership is a powerful combination, and we are looking forward to collaborating on the game-changing K50 KRAKEN platform. The fully equipped and definitive maritime precision engagement craft, complete with formidable weaponisation, will deliver unparalleled levels of performance, modularity and operational capability for modern green and brown water security operations.”


ABOUT KRAKEN 

• Kraken Technology Group is a UK company founded in 2021 and structured around decades of cross-sector expertise and pioneering experience in the marine industry. 

• High-performance heritage is embedded in the company DNA and underpins both a disruptive and pioneering approach to maritime design and manufacturing. 

• KTG’s core management team come from a diverse range of marine, automotive and security backgrounds, with several having served operationally in the British and US Special Forces. 

• KTG acquired Vector Racing in 2021 to accelerate its ongoing development programme into high-performance alternative powertrain solutions. 

KRAKEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP PRESS OFFICE
Phone: +44 (0)1252 448 169
Mobile: +44 (0)7739 461 061
Email: kraken@singletonpr.com


ABOUT MSI-DEFENCE SYSTEMS
www.msi-dsl.com 

• MSI Defence Systems Ltd is a world leader in weapon systems and gunfire technology, with a rich heritage stretching back over a century, and trusted by over 40 armed forces globally.

• MSI-DS specialise in remote situational awareness and hard kill on a range of host platforms; integrating an all-weather day and night EOS suite with effectors and Fire Control Systems for full target tracking, ballistic compensation, and options for increased target recognition intelligence.

• From naval roots, MSI-DS now operate across marine and land domains – delivering small/medium calibre gun systems, gunfire control technology, and remote weapon station. These platforms fulfil multi-role requirements for all classes of naval vessels and land-based platforms.

MSI-DEFENCE SYSTEMS LTD
Phone: +44 (0)1603 484 065
Email: sales@msi-dsl.com

Thales Group

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 centre.

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 defence and surface attack, able to defeat a range of threats including Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC), UAVs and fast jets, aligning it perfectly 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.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, commented:

“We are exceptionally pleased to be teaming with one of the most well-respected names in the Defence 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.”

Ivor Humphrey, Business Development Executive at Thales, added:

“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. 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.” 


ABOUT KRAKEN 

• Kraken Technology Group is a UK company founded in 2021 and structured around decades of cross-sector expertise and pioneering experience in the marine industry. 

• High-performance heritage is embedded in the company DNA and underpins both a disruptive and pioneering approach to maritime design and manufacturing. 

• KTG’s core management team come from a diverse range of marine, automotive and security backgrounds, with several having served operationally in the British and US Special Forces. 

• KTG acquired Vector Racing in 2021 to accelerate its ongoing development programme into high-performance alternative powertrain solutions. 

KRAKEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP PRESS OFFICE
Phone: +44 (0)1252 448 169
Mobile: +44 (0)7739 461 061
Email: kraken@singletonpr.com 


ABOUT THALES 
www.thalesgroup.com 

• Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations, connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technologies to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. 

• The Group provides its customers, businesses, organisations and governments in the defence, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions. 

• Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021, the Group generated sales of €16.2 billion. 

THALES MEDIA CONTACT
Adrian Rondel, Head of Media, Thales UK
adrian.rondel@uk.thalesgroup.com
Mobile: +44 (0)7971 414052

Precision Engagement

The Kraken K50 is designed specifically to meet the growing global requirement for fast-response precision engagement, coastal interdiction and the protection of critical offshore infrastructure. The K50 will push the boundaries of technical and operational performance with response speeds in excess of 65 knots and optional use of advanced electric powertrain technology to extend key range and performance parameters, all housed within a unique composite design and structure.

The K50 has also been developed to directly address the growing challenges presented by swarming activities through a range of integrated modular systems and sensors which deliver uniquely semi-autonomous operational and offensive capabilities.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, commented:

“The Kraken K50 will demonstrate unparalleled levels of performance, integration, modularity and operational capability which addresses both expeditionary and green-water requirements. This investment will also allow us to establish a dedicated manufacturing facility in the UK which will revolutionise the maritime composite design and integration process, specifically to meet increasingly localised manufacturing and assembly requirements”.


Editor’s notes
ABOUT KRAKEN

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  • Kraken Technology Group is a UK company founded in 2021 and structured around decades of cross-sector expertise and pioneering experience in the marine industry.
  • Precision motorsport and a high-performance heritage is embedded in the company DNA and underpins both a disruptive and pioneering approach to maritime design and manufacturing.
  • Kraken’s core management team were all participants in the highly acclaimed and multiple World Record-breaking Vector Racing Team which previously developed advanced platforms for both the retail and security industries.
  • KTG acquired Vector Racing in 2021 as part of its ongoing development programme into high-performance electric and hydrogen supported powertrain solutions. 

KRAKEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP PRESS OFFICE
Phone:  +44 (0)1252 448 169
Mobile: +44 (0) 7739 461 061
Email: kraken@singletonpr.com