Kongsberg Maritime has announced that a delivery contract for a HUGIN Endurance AUV System has been placed by an undisclosed partner.
HUGIN Endurance is a long-range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) designed for shore-to-shore operations. It is the largest member of the HUGIN Family of AUVs measuring approximately 11 metres in length, with a diameter of 1.2 metres and weighing around 7,000 kilograms.
Since the launch in 2021, HUGIN Endurance has garnered interest from the defence sector and from commercial operators with a focus on reducing both the carbon footprint and cost of survey campaigns. The most obvious capability is the ability to operate from shore with unrivalled area coverage.
Whilst the vehicle is larger, it retains many of the proven, commercial off-the-shelf capabilities found across the entire HUGIN range. The key changes include in-mission processing and data handling plus enhanced fault management for autonomous missions. A system of graceful degradation has been implemented providing redundancy and resilience for key safety capabilities.
“HUGIN Endurance pushes the boundaries for autonomous over-the-horizon operations of an AUV,” says Richard Mills, Vice President of Marine Robotics Sales. “It has taken more than 30 years of hard-won experience to enable us to deliver this capability in such a short time. It builds on the proven capabilities of HUGIN and HUGIN Superior, and together with the recently launched HUGIN Edge demonstrates the art of the possible with AUVs.”