Highland Systems was founded by a team of Ukrainian developers and has already presented a variety of armored vehicles, mostly known for the "Storm" hybrid MPV. Now, for the first time, the UAE-based company demonstrates its newly developed "Kronos" stealth submarine. A prototype has been put on display at the IDEX-2023 defense exhibition starting today, February 20, in Abu Dhabi.
The manufacturer offers a quite interesting concept of a submarine with a futuristic looks, designed to perform a variety of tasks: from commercial and rescue missions to full-fledged military operations.
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It looks like Highland Systems succeeded in their negotiations with Italian Leonardo company, as the submarine got equipped with six Black Scorpion torpedoes, three each side of the hull. It is a 127mm torpedo 1.1 meter in length and 20 kg of weight, and can reach a target 3 km away.
The landing compartment provides accommodation for a group of up to 10 personnel, while the crew is just one person. The landing squad can leave the submarine right underwater.
In addition, the submarine can be operated remotely, up to 250 km via cyphered channels. The primary role in this case is to deliver cargo, up to 3 tons can be lifted.
The ship is covered with a special composite material from outside and in. It preserves the heat and makes detection by enemy sonars more difficult.
Specifications of the Highland Systems' "Kronos" submarine, according to the manufacturer:
|Max Speed on Water||80 kmph|
|Max Speed under Water||50 kmph|
|Working Depth||100 meters|
|Max Critical Depth||250 meters|
|Underwater operation time|
|Hybrid Mode||54 hours|
|Generator Only Mode||36 hours|
|Battery Only Mode||18 hours|
|Dimensions:||Width 7.4 m, length 9 m, height 2.1 m|
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