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General Atomics, KONGSBERG, and C & C Technologies sign AUV cooperative agreement

30. September 2005

Tail section of the HUGIN 3000 autonomous underwater vehicle

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

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 applications worldwide.

General Atomics

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 Railgun.

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.

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