Highland Systems is rounding out its fearsome line of vehicles in unusual style with an 11-seat armored speed demon it calls the Kronos. Clearly inspired by the manta ray, this hybrid beast has complex wings and 1,200 horsepower.
Founded by Ukrainians and now based between the UAE and the UK, Highland Systems is a mysterious company that bills itself as a research and project management company that brings together a bunch of engineering professionals from around the defense world. We caught up with these guys last time to check them out Hybrid MPV-amphibious Storm, which just looked like a bunch of wild renders. But the team brought the prototype to IREX Abu Dhabi in the flesh and it’s an absolute monster.
The rest of the company’s portfolio is no less shocking. Stormy science fiction Phantom MPV. Rally-tastic Buggy Hunter MK-200. Funny and very effective luxury superyacht Trimaran – which is either a scary-good set of visualizations, or it was actually created. Companies brochure goes on to detail heavy supersonic stealth drones, a number of other small and medium UAVs, unmanned ground robots for hazardous work, and a program to electrify battle tanks and heavy armored vehicles with hybrid-electric drives.
So, while the Kronos Armored Submarine looks at first glance like completely rehashed nonsense, the exotic dream of some overexcited design student, this thing also looks legit.
It’s designed for a combination of commercial, military and ostensibly rescue operations – and from the looks of its austere, mostly windowless interior, it’s certainly not interested in tourism or luxury. At just over 9 m (29.6 ft) long, Kronos will weigh around 10,000 kg (22,000 lb). Its thick fenders will fold up, allowing you to tow it on a trailer if you want to cause a series of eye-popping crashes into oncoming traffic.
Drop it in the water and it will seat 10 passengers plus the driver. The hybrid powerplant combines a diesel generator with a 1,200 horsepower, 2,400 Nm (1,770 lb-ft) electric motor that drives a waterjet propulsion system. It can dive to a working depth of 100 m (328 ft) or a maximum critical depth of 250 m (820 ft), which is pretty decent in principle. Air supply is good for about 36 hours.
Performance metrics are nuts. Highland says it will do 80 km/h (50 mph) on top of water or 50 km/h (31 mph) underwater; it’s seriously fast on the water, just ask Michael Phelps. It carries enough battery on board for a 36-hour all-electric mission, or you can fire up the diesel generator to add another 18, bringing the total range to a very impressive 54 hours of battery life. There’s adaptive lighting, an automated life support system and air conditioning – and the schematics also show the locations for the torpedoes.
This may sound like pure science fiction, but Defense blogThe UAE has a picture of the main body being built in the UAE, so it seems to be fine. We have no idea who these guys are building these crazy machines for, and can only assume they’ll show up in the middle of dormant volcanoes, guarded by sharks with laser beams attached to their heads… Or at least bad- cured sea bass.
Source: Highland Systems
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