Hydroid, Inc. has received a contract from the The Netherlands Ministry of Defence to acquire three additional REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) for the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Hydroid, Inc. has received a contract from the The Netherlands Ministry of Defence
to acquire three additional REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) for the
Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). The acquisition also includes upgrades to the RNLN's
current fleet of two REMUS 100 AUVs with Marine Sonics' latest generation dual
frequency 900/1800 kHz side scan sonars and Kearfott Inertial Navigation as well
as training, spares and routine maintenance. The current REMUS 100 vehicles have
been in operation with the RNLN since February 2005 and have provided a reliable
and proven capability for underwater search and survey operations.
The Dive and EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit of the RNLN uses the REMUS 100 AUV as a force multiplier
in harbor security and very shallow water mine countermeasure operations. In addition,
the vehicles are occasionally used to render assistance to local authorities when
looking for drowning victims, criminal evidence etc.
"We are pleased that the Royal Netherlands Navy has decided to expand and update
their fleet of REMUS 100 vehicles. As one of the leading NATO nations in the implementation
of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in Mine Countermeasure operations they have been
able to provide a greatly enhanced organic capability utilising REMUS AUV's" commented
Graham Lester - Director, Hydroid Europe.
Hydroid's REMUS AUVs can be fitted with a variety of sensors, sonars and other
payloads and may be used in scientific and environmental sampling, mapping, search
and survey, harbor security and mine countermeasure operations. Hydroid's AUVs
are currently in use with several NATO and international navies.