Kongsberg Maritime (KONGSBERG) is happy to announce a contract award with Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding SA (RSB) to produce three shipsets of KONGSBERG HUGIN AUV (Autonomous Underwater Car) techniques and associated HiPAP positioning and communication techniques for 3 newbuild warships for the Polish Navy. The overall contract worth is in extra of €10M, with the KONGSBERG tools destined for the subsequent three vessels (#4, #5 and #6) within the Kormoran II Mine-Countermeasures (MCM) vessel program. These three ships will probably be commissioned from 2026 to 2027. The three HUGIN/HiPAP shipsets will probably be delivered to the yard over the subsequent 4 years to match with the brand new vessel supply schedule. This new contract follows on from earlier contracts for the profitable integration of HUGIN and HiPAP techniques on the primary three vessels within the Kormoran II program by Kongsberg Maritime and RSB. Able to absolutely autonomous operations with out floor vessel assist, HUGIN can be designed to work together with the HiPAP (Excessive Precision Acoustic Positioning) household of underwater positioning and navigation techniques. This permits for high-accuracy place updates for the automobile, in addition to real-time communications for standing, sensor high quality assurance and on-the-fly mission replanning.

KONGSBERG HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Automobiles are marine robots providing the last word in autonomous distant subsea search and survey functionality. These free-swimming autonomous underwater autos are characterised by nice manoeuvrability and glorious stability for high-quality knowledge assortment. Hydrodynamic form, correct devices and glorious battery capability make these AUVs a preferred alternative for governments and militaries worldwide. One of many many advantages of the HUGIN techniques is their modular platform and wide selection of choices. The HUGINs aboard the Kormoran II vessels will profit from:
KONGSBERG HISAS 1032 Artificial Aperture Sonar for lengthy vary, high-resolution imagery and bathymetry
KONGSBERG EM2040 Multibeam Echosounder, an trade normal bathymetric mapping sonar
UHD Color Digital camera with LED Lighting Panel for high-resolution optical imagery
Ahead-looking Sonar and altimeters for impediment avoidance and trajectory planning
Low magnetic-signature stinger launch & restoration system (LARS)
KONGSBERG Sunstone superior Inertial Navigation System (INS) for trade main autonomous place accuracy


Dariusz Jaguszewski, CCO at Remontowa Shipbuilding mentioned: “These mine countermeasure vessels symbolize an essential contract for Remontowa Shipbuilding in addition to an essential assertion and reinforcement of Poland’s nationwide safety in a fast-changing world. Kongsberg Maritime has already efficiently delivered and commissioned HUGIN and HiPAP techniques to us for the primary three vessels within the Kormoran II programme. The expertise of 9 years work with Kongsberg by means of these deliveries has been extremely skilled all through and we’re assured that the applied sciences to be delivered symbolize the state-of-the-art in underwater autonomy and mine countermeasure techniques.”

Commenting on the contract award, Kongsberg Maritime SVP Stene Førsund mentioned: “These newest contracts are a real acknowledgement of a staff effort over a few years, and it reveals that Kongsberg Maritime presents the best know-how and options for the rising AUV market. We see that clients put AUVs into operation in lots of functions, and we imagine that Autonomous Underwater Automobiles will probably be utilized in much more functions sooner or later. Now we have some big-name purchasers, however when the navy of a sovereign nation and fellow NATO member continues to place its belief in our applied sciences, it’s an inspiring second for us.”

In accordance with defence publication Janes, the non-magnetic metal hull Kormoran II class is designed for minehunting in Poland’s unique financial zone (EEZ), with job forces within the Baltic and North seas. The vessels are meant to supply substantial enhance of Polish MCM capabilities, doubling the variety of current Kormoran II sort vessels in service, to safe the ocean traces of communications. The Kormoran IIs class minehunters have a full load displacement of 850 tonnes, an general size of 58.5m and might carry a crew complement of 45, with lodging for seven further personnel. The RSB’s personal in-house design is a multi-toolbox idea, hybrid answer, minehunter the place HUGIN AUV is one in every of underwater techniques for stand – off mine countermeasure operations.