The German Navy has received new REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).

With the delivery, the German Navy’s existing fleet of REMUS 100 vehicles will increase and support the service’s mine countermeasure (MCM) operations.

The UUVs feature open architecture, which serves as the backbone of the REMUS technology platform to allow for advanced autonomy and addition of new modules and software.

The vehicles are fitted with advanced core electronics and have enhanced modularity and 12 hours of endurance.

HII Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems business group president Duane Fotheringham said: “We value our ongoing partnership with the German Navy and are proud to help enhance their national security capabilities.

“Their new REMUS 100s will provide the latest technology to assist them in conducting their MCM operations.”

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Prior to procuring legacy REMUS 100 UUVs, the Federal Office of Defense Technology & Procurement put the vehicles through extensive trials.

The German Navy has been using the vehicles for the last seven years. The service has deployed the UUVs for area searches, and debris field and topographic ocean floor mapping.

Using side-scan sonar, the REMUS 100 vehicles create ocean floor images.

In March, HII acquired underwater technology company Hydroid from Kongsberg Maritime for $350m.

HII partnered with J Bornhöft Industriegeräte to deliver the REMUS technology to the German Navy.

J Bornhöft Industriegeräte acts as the exclusive provider of HII’s REMUS vehicles to German customers.