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Subsea Defense company, produces REMUS AUV systems for the U.S. Navy, performance change has been realized is in how the data is

The Royal Navy in the UK and many others. handled prior to the vehicle being recovered. We have taken great steps in on-board real-time processing capability and the

Can you provide details on speci? c vehicle(s) ability to make the vehicle react to what it has detected. This for the global military markets? enables operators to maintain a greater stand-off than previ- ously. The majority of Kongsberg’s AUVs, including both The HUGIN AUV System is available for defense HUGIN and REMUS platforms are supplied with highly accu- customers equipped with a myriad of sensors including HI- rate navigation and positioning systems, often exceeding IHO

SAS 1030/1032, EM040 Multibeam Echo sounder, camera standards. When combined with a package of sensors on the and more. When equipped with HISAS and automated target vehicle, it provides users with a platform capable of perform- recognition software, during a single mission it can detect, ing many different missions without recon? guring the vehicle. process and classify mine-like objects in near real-time. This information is then fed into the mission controller to re-plan In comparing military markets to commercial or the route to collect photographs, thereby formally identifying scienti? c clients, what are the chief differences the targets with no user input. The REMUS 600 is the most between vehicle supplied to the military versus popular MCM vehicle by number. It is a modular system, eas- other uses? ily transportable yet it does not sacri? ce performance. Capable of carrying HISAS and the associated target recognition al- Two of the main differences we see between the gorithms the REMUS 600 packs a strong punch in a smaller equipment supplied to defense and commercial operators are body. the sensors and real-time processing. The defense community is ahead of the commercial market with regard to processing

In your opinion, what are the drivers for autono- real-time high resolution data in-mission and making the ve- mous vehicles in military use today? hicle respond to it. The commercial market is catching up as we manipulate the technology to make it suit alternative appli- The biggest drivers for military operators today are cations such as responding to a gas leak from a pipe detected associated with increasing capability of the system as a whole. in real-time. On the other hand, commercial operators demand

That includes the vehicle technology and behavior, sensor res- a more comprehensive sensor suite than most military users. olution, endurance, launch and recovery right through to data However, there are common elements required by both market encryption and processing. One of the areas where a large segments, notably reliability, robustness and support.

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