POCASSET, Mass., 29 May 2007.Hydroid LLC,A> a manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), has entered the second phase of a contract signed in 2006 with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). The order for an additional Hydroid REMUS 100 AUV system was awarded after six months of trials with the first two deployed systems by the RNZN, one of the most modern naval forces in Southeast Asia.
The order for an additional REMUS 100, which expands the RNZN's fleet to three REMUS 100 vehicles in total, is part of a larger Mine Countermeasure (MCM) capability being delivered to the RNZN by New Zealand Ocean Technology, Ltd. The original REMUS 100 systems, delivered by Hydroid in 2006 and 2007, as well as the new vehicle, are configured with a sensor suite specifically designed to meet the RNZN's requirements for MCM activities.
Hydroid's REMUS AUVs can be fitted with a number of different types of sensors and cameras and have been used to aid in hydrographic surveys, harbor security operations, debris field mapping and scientific sampling and mapping. Hydroid's AUVs are currently being used by many navies around the world, including the U.S. Navy, British Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and German Navy.