CBRNE & EOD Defence

Norway boosts unmanned MCM

29 March 2017

Key Points

  • The RNoN is looking to boost its MCM capability with additional AUVs
  • Experience with unmanned systems has encouraged the RNoN to develop new MCM CONOPS and ship acquisition plans

Norway has ordered four new HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems from Kongsberg Maritime.

The NOK155 million (USD18.3 million) contract should see the systems delivered in 2018. The new systems, contracted through the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), will augment the Royal Norwegian Navy's (RNoN's) existing mine countermeasures (MCM) capability by adding capacity to detect, classify, and identify mines.

HUGIN is approximately 5 m long and has a depth rating of up to 3,000 m.

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