Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

HUGIN is the most successful commercial Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) available. It combines IHO quality positioning with the highest resolution sensors on the market. HUGIN collects data from many different sensors concurrently, providing a comprehensive geophysical dataset from a single mission. HUGIN is equipped with swappable batteries and removable data storage enabling continuous operations.

Flexible and Comprehensive Data Collection

The HUGIN AUV System is a multi-role vehicle capable of collecting high resolution data for commercial, scientific and defense applications. It is the most flexible AUV available on the market, capable of carrying a wide array of sensors, including synthetic aperture sonars, multi-beam echo sounders, cameras, lasers, sub-bottom profilers and environmental/scientific sensors. Since the introduction in the 1990s, HUGIN AUVs have completed more commercial surveys than any other AUV and continues to deliver World leading performance.

Advanced In-Mission Capabilities

HUGIN also processes data in-mission, providing an autonomous pipe tracking capability, terrain navigation and target recognition. This makes the HUGIN the most flexible and productive platform for everything from geophysical surveys to mine countermeasures.

Continuous Evolution and Deployment Flexibility

HUGIN has been continuously evolving since development began in 1991. From the first commercial survey in 1997, KONGSBERG and our partners at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) have been at the forefront of underwater robotic technology. HUGIN continues to deliver World-class performance and new capabilities and features are added through software updates and vehicle upgrades. HUGIN can be deployed from dedicated vessels, vessels of opportunity or from shore. The complete HUGIN system including operator consoles, launch and recovery system and the AUV itself can be delivered in DNV-certified offshore containers. The containers allow for transport by sea, air and land and mobilization is easy with only an external power connection required. Various container sizes are available to meet the customer needs.

Key features

  • Very stable and low noise hydrodynamic platform for payload sensors
  • High maneuverability providing terrain following and turning radius of 15 meters
  • Operating depths of 3000, 4500, and 6000 meters
  • Operator supervised ("acoustic tether"), semi-autonomous, or autonomous operation
  • State-of-the-art Aided Inertial Navigation System (AINS)
  • Provides robustness and sound technical solutions to the demands of modern navies
  • Latest battery technology with up to 100 hours endurance at 4 knots
  • Highly flexible configuration and integration of payload systems
  • Typical payload sensors are synthetic aperture sonar or side-scan sonar, multibeam echo sounder, sub-bottom profiler, camera, CTD, and volume search sonar

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