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Kraken and L3Harris collaborate for USSV innovation

Kraken Technology Group is pleased to announce an official collaboration with L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) to advance the integration of control systems within the K4 MANTA prototype.   

This is a pivotal step in the technical evolution of Kraken’s K4 MANTA platform, setting the foundation for the development of enhanced autonomous capabilities and ultimately, full autonomy.

The K4 is an uncrewed surface-subsurface (USSV) platform that utilises foils for rapid surface transit before submerging for clandestine manoeuvring. This high-performance vessel requires well-established, cutting-edge control systems and L3Harris possesses the necessary components and expertise required for seamless integration into the K4 MANTA. These integrated systems will enable the remote control of the uncrewed platform for engineering testing, foil development, powertrain calibration and demonstration before enhancement in later developmental stages.

“We look forward to working with L3Harris on the implementation of key systems for K4 MANTA as a foundation for future developments,” said Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group.

“L3Harris is proud to collaborate with Kraken on this groundbreaking platform,” said Mark Exeter, Managing Director, ASV, L3Harris. “Our two companies possess complementary skills, benefiting both organisations through this venture. Furthermore, this collaboration paves the way for broader collaboration, capitalising on our shared expertise and further facilitated by our proximity to Portsmouth, a renowned UK marine innovation hub.”


• L3Harris ASV is a world leader in autonomous vessel technology.

• The company designs, builds and operates ASVs on a worldwide basis and has developed its own industry leading autonomous control system, ASView.

• The capabilities of the L3Harris team span the lifecycle of Autonomous Surface Vehicles with specialist expertise and experience in platform concept design, build and commissioning, operation and maintenance, control system development and advanced autonomy.