Global defense and technologies partner HII has delivered three REMUS 100 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) to the UK Royal Navy. According to the company, these new systems will bring enhanced endurance and the latest generation of sensors and payloads, allowing for increased data quality and mission efficiency.
With these new systems, the UK Ministry of Defence has acquired a mix of REMUS 100s and REMUS 600s used for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations over the last 20 years. The Ministry of Defence’s first two REMUS 100s, acquired in 2002, are still in operation today.
“We’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the UK Royal Navy,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of the Unmanned Systems business group at HII’s Mission Technologies division. “Our newest REMUS 100s will bolster their existing fleet with increased capability for the UK’s subsea autonomous operations.”
“On behalf of the frontline users, I’m delighted to accept into service this refresh of REMUS 100,” said Cmdr. Rory Armstrong, mine warfare lead at the UK Navy Command Headquarters. “Our use of the REMUS family of vehicles over the last two decades has paved the way for a future mine countermeasures capability with autonomy at its core. These vehicles represent an exciting evolution of our existing small AUV fleet and will make a valued contribution to the Royal Navy as a force for good both in home waters and on an expeditionary basis.”
HII has sold more than 600 UUVs to 30 countries worldwide, including 14 NATO member countries like the UK.