Naval Warfare

Kraken Partners with Cosworth Around Development of Battery Solutions for Littoral Platform

Kraken MANTA platform
Kraken MANTA platform

Kraken Technology Group has announced a strategic partnership with Cosworth around the development of advanced battery solutions for its littoral defense and security range. Cosworth, a British high-performance engineering company, is renowned for powertrain development, electronics and alternative propulsion solutions for the automotive, marine and aerospace sectors. Initial focus is around the Kraken MANTA platform, a range of autonomous uncrewed surface subsurface vessels designed specifically to address a growing range of ISR mission and deployment capability requirements. As acknowledged experts in electric technology, Cosworth will work closely with Kraken on the development of advanced battery systems, capable of powering Kraken maritime platforms in faster, more efficient and disruptive ways.

Simon Dowson, Managing Director, High Performance Battery Systems, said: “The alternative propulsion arm of Cosworth has been developing high-performance batteries for well over a decade. We believe that partnering with Kraken is a perfect showcase of our capabilities in boundary pushing applications such as the advanced vessels for which Kraken is known. The learnings from this partnership will also prove to be essential for our marine offering moving forward.”

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Kraken Technology Group, said: “In Cosworth we have identified a similar progressive approach coupled with a disruptive mindset and both are vital to the development of Kraken’s electric powertrain aspirations. Today we again embark on a journey to further challenge the limits of maritime electric propulsion, above and below the surface.”

Kraken’s electric propulsion expertise was pioneered in 2018 when it successfully broke the UIM Outright Maritime Electric Speed World Record delivering an average speed of 88.61mph in a globally publicised event at Coniston. This milestone success provided the foundations for development and adaptation of racing technology for defense and security applications. Kraken is leading change by drawing inspiration from other cutting-edge technologies and industries to deliver a pioneering new approach to the advanced maritime sector. The team is focused on development and manufacture of advanced composite materials, prototype vessels, autonomous technologies and advanced powering solutions, delivering real-world advantage to the defense and security industries.

Cosworth is a British automotive engineering company founded in London in 1958, specialising in high-performance internal combustion engines, powertrain, and electronics for automobile racing (motorsport) and mainstream automotive industries. Cosworth is based in Northampton, England, with facilities in Cottenham, England, Silverstone, England, and Indianapolis, IN, US. Cosworth has collected 176 wins in Formula One (F1) as engine supplier, ranking third with most wins, behind Ferrari and Mercedes.

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