posted on Aug, 11 2005 @ 11:31 AM
On January 20th 2003 the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) directed the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) to deliver a military Autonomous
Underwater Vehicle (AUV) prototype. The Navy intends to use the military AUV system in mine countermeasure (MCM) and rapid environmental assessment
The delivery of a military AUV prototype is part of a long-term national plan to establish a forward autonomous MCM/REA capability to the Navy. The
delivery is a successor to the very successful operations, test and evaluations performed by the use of the HUGIN I vehicle from one of the RNoN MCM
vessels during the last two years.
Kongsberg Simrad will produce and deliver the vehicle by the end of 2003. By 2005 a full-performance capability (HUGIN Mine Reconnaissance System)
will be transitioned to the Navy and will be subjected to operational evaluation by the Mine Warfare Flotilla. Thus, by taking delivery of a military
AUV prototype now the Navy is speeding up their original schedule by establishing a preliminary capability from 2004.
The HUGIN 1000 vehicle is a new generation of HUGIN AUVs, and will have an endurance of 20 hours and a depth rating of 600 meters. Additionally, it
will have a sensor suite capable of doing high-precision seabed route surveys, mine detection, classification and localization in forward positions to
the MCM vessel. The system will be used in regular MCM and REA operations in national and international waters. The vehicle will be operated from the
KNM Karmøy mine hunting vessel and will represent a significant force-multiplying element to the fleet of mine hunting vessels.
Yeah I know its old, but hey intresting article. I'm sure the US and Norway will start cooperating on this. Because were developing AUV's just like
those. It will be a good way to get our defence industries to cooperate together. Not that they don't buy you know what I mean.