A UAE-based startup Highland Systems has unveiled a new submarine design it calls the Kronos Armored Submarine. With a futuristic hydrodynamic design, Kronos Submarine delivers high performance and outstanding efficiency and significantly reduces energy costs when submerged.
The Kronos features a futuristic hydrodynamic design, with folding wings for easier transport while on land. It is supposed to be armored, although what materials are to be used to make it so are not detailed.
The hybrid vessel can comfortably accommodate 10 passengers and is suitable for commercial, rescue, and combat operations. An innovative hull design significantly reduces fuel consumption, increases maximum speed, and provides superior stability. This brings a whole new concept into the production of submarines across the world.
The hybrid diesel-electric beast is capable of developing 1,200 hp (2,400 Nm). In its battery-only mode, the submarine can remain operational for 36 hours, the same amount of time it can maintain the air supply. You can fire up the diesel generator to achieve further up to a very impressive 54 hours of autonomy. The battery needs to be charged for a period of 1.5 hours, which is also the amount of time needed for air refueling.
Designed for a mix of commercial, military, and allegedly rescue operations, Kronos is a little over 9 meters (29.6 ft) long and weigh around 10,000 kg (22,000 lb). The vessel can carry up to 3,000 kg (6,600 pounds) of cargo, being taken on underwater sightseeing tours or old-school commando missions by a single pilot.
The Kronos can reach 80 km/h (50 mph) speeds when cruising above the waves or just 50 km/h (31 mph) while underwater. It can dive to a working depth of 100 meters (328 feet) and has a critical depth of more than double that 250 meters (820 feet).
Passengers can enjoy while inside both adaptive lighting and air conditioning system. The life support system can kick in an automated fashion when required. The interior looks spacious for the passengers.
The Kronos is not yet in production, but if and when it will be, it’ll probably become a heavy-hitter on the market.