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India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology takes delivery of Kongsberg HUGIN AUV

A Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) at the surface A Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) at the surface

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that contracts have been signed for the sale of a HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) System to the Indian National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), located in Chennai, India.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The HUGIN AUV System ordered by NIOT is rated to a depth of 6,000 metres and will be equipped with a KONGSBERG HISAS 1032 synthetic aperture sonar and EM2040 multibeam echosounder, designed for hydrographic and seabed classification applications. It will also carry a high-resolution colour still image camera, plus a range of environmental sensors for oceanographic surveys, including a magnetometer. This equipment array will facilitate the extremely demanding deep-sea scientific research and mapping programs of NIOT.

The sale has been conducted in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime India, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime.

One of the key requirements stipulated by NIOT is the long-term support of the system offered by KONGSBERG, together with training and participation in scientific cruises for a period of at least three years after delivery.

“We are honoured to welcome NIOT to the HUGIN family,” said Richard Mills, vice president of marine robotics sales at Kongsberg Maritime. “Their new HUGIN AUV System is configured for their needs today and tomorrow with a multi-role capability. We look forward to working with the scientific teams from the Oceanographic Research Institutes of India over the coming years.” {/mprestriction}

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