A startup in the UAE has revealed a revolutionary submarine design known as the Kronos. Unlike traditional submarines, this vessel takes inspiration from a manta ray and features a dual-powered system with both a diesel generator and an electric engine. The innovative design allows for higher speeds and increased fuel efficiency, making it suitable for various applications, including covert military operations, rescue missions, and commercial use.
The Kronos submarine is designed to accommodate ten passengers and one crew member. Its unique hull design contributes to its ability to achieve higher speeds while consuming less fuel. The submarine, measuring just under 30 feet in length, 24 feet in width, and 6.85 feet in height, weighs 22,000 pounds and has a carrying capacity of 6,600 pounds on water.
The vessel’s dual-powered system combines a diesel engine and a 1,200 hp electric engine. On water, it can reach a top speed of nearly 50 miles per hour, while submerged, it can travel at 31 miles per hour. The submarine has a working depth of 328 feet and a maximum critical depth of 820 feet.
The electric engine can operate independently, providing up to 36 hours of underwater operation. After this period, the submarine requires 1.5 hours for recharging, which aligns with the time needed for air refueling. The interiors of the submarine are air-conditioned, feature an adaptive lighting system, and provide ample space for passengers.
For combat operations, the Kronos can be equipped with six mini-torpedoes, enhancing its offensive capabilities against adversarial ships or port bases. The submarine’s versatility makes it suitable for a range of missions, and its foldable wings facilitate overland transport.
While the Kronos appears promising in terms of design and capabilities, its true performance remains to be seen in action. The innovative features and adaptability make it an exciting prospect for various applications, marking a departure from conventional submarine designs.