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, 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, Wash. General Atomics (GA) and its affiliates, headquartered in San Diego, Calif, are high-technology development companies in areas ranging from nuclear technologies and advanced defense 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 U.S. 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., a Lafayette, La.-based survey company, presently operates two HUGIN 3000 AUVs and will take delivery of a third, 4,500 m depth rated, HUGIN later this year. C & C Technologies is a 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.