German navy to use Hydroid AUVs in mine-sweeping operations
The German Navy could soon be deploying six Remus 100s to help with mine-sweeping duties, said Hydroid Inc., a Bourne-based manufacturer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, or AUVs, such as the Remus 100.
The Federal Office of Defense Technology & Procurement in Koblenz has placed a contract for six Remus 100s to “enhance the capabilities of the German Navy’s mine divers,” Hydroid said. Delivery of the AUVs should occur over the next 12 months.
A Hydroid press release did not offer financial details of the transaction.
A lightweight AUV designed for operation in underwater environments up to 100 meters deep, the Remus 100 is equipped with side-scan sonar and various other oceanographic sensors. The AUV will be used to search for mines, lost objects, debris, and wrecks as well as to collect ocean-floor mapping data for scientific applications, Hydroid said.
A few years ago, a Remus was used by the Royal Netherlands Navy to find a missing World War I German submarine off the Dutch coast. And a short time earlier, Hydroid’s underwater robots helped French investigators retrieve a key component of one of the flight-data recorders from an Air France jet that had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Hydroid is a subsidiary of Norway-based Kongsberg Maritime.Chris Reidy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.