Kongsberg Maritime has secured a contract to supply three Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) for the Polish Navy’s Kormoran II-class mine countermeasure (MCM) vessels programme.

The contract has a cumulative value of approximately €10m. It has been awarded by Polish company Remontowa Shipbuilding (RSB).

Apart from the three AUVs, Kongsberg will also deliver High Precision Acoustic Positioning (HiPAP) systems for the three Kormoran II-class warships.

According to Kongsberg, the three AUVs and systems will be delivered to RSB by 2026, to match the delivery schedule of the new Kormoran II vessel.

The warships are expected to be commissioned between 2026 and 2027.

RSB chief commercial officer (CCO) Dariusz Jaguszewski said: “These MCM represent an important contract for RSB as well as an important statement and reinforcement of Poland’s national security in a fast-changing world.

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Kongsberg Maritime has already successfully delivered and commissioned HUGIN and HiPAP systems to us for the first three vessels in Kormoran II programme.”

The latest contract builds on a previously awarded contract, under which Kongsberg supplied and integrated the same set of systems on the first three Kormoran II-class vessels developed by RSB.

Kongsberg’s HUGIN AUVs are free-swimming fully autonomous systems that provide remote subsea search and survey capability to gather high-quality data.

The HiPAP positioning and communication system is also designed to support real-time communication, on-the-fly mission replanning and provide high-precision position updates for the vehicle.

Kongsberg Maritime SVP Stene Førsund said: “We see that customers put AUVs into operation in many applications, and we believe that AUVs will be used in even more applications in future.”

Recently, PGZ Stocznia Wojenna secured a contract to provide naval armament systems for the three Kormoran II-class vessels.