General Atomics, Kongsberg Maritime and C & C Technologies have agreed to cooperate
on the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and associated technologies.
Kongsberg Maritime, manufacturer of advanced hydroacoustic instruments, the HUGIN
family of AUVs and other maritime electronic products, has signed a cooperative
agreement with General Atomics and C & C Technologies via its affiliate, Kongsberg
Underwater Technology Inc, located in Lynnwood, Washington. HUGIN AUVs have established
an enviable record of proven performance and reliability in commercial and military
General Atomics (GA) and its affiliates, headquartered in San Diego, California,
are high-technology development companies in areas ranging from nuclear technologies
and advanced defence and energy systems to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), including
the PREDATOR, a remotely operated surveillance aircraft. GA is currently active
in systems integration for several US Navy programs, including an Electromagnetic
Aircraft Launch System, an Advanced Arresting Gear, Integrated Fight Through Power
Conversion equipment, a Superconducting Homopolar Propulsion Motor, and an Electromagnetic
C & C Technologies Inc.
C & C Technologies Inc., a Lafayette, Louisiana based survey company, presently
operates two HUGIN 3000 AUVs and will take delivery of a third, 4500m depth rated,
HUGIN later this year. C & C Technologies is the world leader in AUV operations
having performed more than 50,000 km of commercial survey lines and hundreds of
AUV launches and retrievals over the last few years.
AUVs of tomorrow
This cooperation agreement forms a team with the expertise and capabilities required
to further develop the technologies, operations, and production necessary to meet
the challenges associated with a wide range of applications and system configurations
for the AUVs of tomorrow.