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​First Submarine From Ukrainian Developers: Six Leonardo Torpedoes and Remote Control (Video)

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Kronos submarine / Illustrative photo credit: Highland Systems
Kronos submarine / Illustrative photo credit: Highland Systems

Kronos submarine can perform a multitude of tasks, in both manned or unmanned mode

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.

The accommodation of the crew and the assault forces inside the Kronos
The accommodation of the crew and the assault forces inside the Kronos / Image credit: Highland Systems
The submarine doesn't need to surface in order to release the landing squad
The submarine doesn't need to surface in order to release the landing squad / Image credit: Highland Systems

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.

Illustrative photo: Kronos prototype is launched into the water
Illustrative photo: Kronos prototype is launched into the water / Photo credit: Highland Systems

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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