British defense firm Kraken Technology Group has signed an agreement with Leonardo to enhance the sub-surface capability of its K50 maritime gunships.
As part of the deal, Leonardo will integrate its Black Scorpion mini-torpedo system into the K50 to effectively engage sub-surface threats on challenging operations.
The collaboration would also allow for the future integration of other Leonardo systems, including LIONFISH naval turrets.
The LIONFISH, which has 12.7-millimeter and 20-millimeter versions, will provide an extra layer of defense and anti-surface warfare capability to the K50.
“Teaming with Leonardo and integrating their market leading defense systems will unlock yet another dimension in Kraken’s ability to effectively counter multi-domain threats above and below surface,” Kraken chief executive officer Mal Crease said.
The K50 KRAKEN Gunship
Kraken’s K50 is a fully-integrated fast-boat platform designed to provide precision engagement against littoral water threats.
It is heavily weaponized, reportedly having the latest defense and maritime technologies to ensure mission success.
The gunship neutralizes aerial, surface, and sub-surface threats at a maximum range of 40 kilometers (24.8 miles).
The K50 can also serve as an operating base for deck-launched unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance operations.
“The K50 KRAKEN simply delivers more performance, more effective strike capability, and more mission-specific customization,” the company said.