The first of four new laser scanners destined for the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) has been delivered to Kongsberg Maritime by Canada-based company 2G Robotics ahead of integration on one of the RnoN’s new mine countermeasure (MCM) autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
Four Hugin AUVs were ordered by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) in March 2017 under a contract worth NOK155 million (USD19 million). 2G Robotics’ ULS-500 PRO dynamic underwater laser scanner system contributes to the Hugin AUV’s ability to detect and classify mines and is a noted addition to the traditional use of sonar-based sensing in MCM.
“The acquisition signifies the Royal Norwegian Navy’s transition to autonomous systems for mine countermeasures,” 2G Robotics noted, adding that the Hugin systems enable users to conduct “fast and efficient operations with zero surface visibility while additionally improving safety conditions by allowing personnel to remain outside the minefield”.
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