Kongsberg Maritime has revealed that its Sensor and Robotics division has secured multiple contracts for the autonomous platform, HUGIN.

The estimated value of contracts for the HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is approximately $43.90m (Nkr450m).

This order income comprises recurring business with new and existing customers that will use the HUGIN platform.

Kongsberg Maritime SVP Stene Førsund said: “These latest contracts are a true acknowledgement of a team effort over many years, and it shows that Kongsberg Maritime offers the right technology and solutions for the growing AUV market.

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“We see that customers put AUVs into operation in many applications, and we believe that autonomous underwater vehicles will be used in even more applications in the future.”

The HUGIN range of high accuracy AUVs can be optimised for a variety of industries, including defence, research, renewables, oil and gas.

The stable and low noise hydrodynamic vehicle can operate autonomously over a long period of time to collect environmental data.

It can also be deployed to carry out various survey operations for several applications in a cost-effective manner, unlike the traditional surveys.

Kongsberg Maritime Marine Robotics SVP Thomas Nygaard said: “Our expansion to a wider portfolio of HUGIN AUV models has been well received by the market.

“In addition to the underlying and increasing demand for marine robots we are now also addressing new applications and by this increasing the addressable market with our wider portfolio.

“Our robotic solutions are more sustainable, safe and cost effective than traditional methods within the ocean space domain.”

In September 2020, Kongsberg Maritime delivered four HUGIN platforms to India-based shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE).