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Iver3 “The defense community is ahead of the com- mercial market with regard to processing real-time high
Autonomous resolution data in-mission and making the vehicle respond
Underwater to it.”
Richard Mills, Kongsberg Maritime
Rapid Data Collection For
Mine Hunting with the
Royal Norwegian Navy
RNoN MCM-capability today exists with three Minesweepers and three
Mine hunters. The main MCM-tool on the mine hunters is the HUGIN AUV,
Water Quality specially designed for MCM-operations. The minehunters are ? tted for HUGIN
AUVs, but in addition the Navy has containers designed for HUGIN operations;
Magnetometer which means the containers with HUGIN can be used from vessels of opportu- nity and shipped world-wide.
The concept of the MCM-operations is to send HUGIN into a danger area (keeping the vessel outside this area) searching for mines. This operation is fully autonomous, as this is done covertly. During the mission HUGIN will pro- cess all data and when recovered the operator will have access to data for pos- sible localized, classi? ed and identi? ed mine like objects. Positions of objects of interest will then be transferred to the one-shot system (Mine sniper), which then are sent out to the actual position to destroy the objects.
The RNoN is presently (as many other nations) looking at a future MCM- capability, and a trend we foresee is more autonomy. So one solution could be unmanned surface platforms launching and recovering AUVs.
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