MUS – Maritime Unmanned Systems
- Are smaller and less detectable than manned platforms
- Are more focused on payload (no passengers)
- Reduce personnel and unit costs
- May operate independently for extended periods
- May operate in almost all water depths, in foul weather and seas, and in tropical or arctic conditions
- Remove the need to staff dangerous areas
Maritime unmanned systems comprise all systems, subsystems, components, vehicles, equipment and logistics for the operation of unmanned vehicles.
They do not carry human operators.
Maritime unmanned systems may include assets such as surface vessels, underwater vessels or aerial vehicles.
They will contribute to
Maritime situational awareness
- Data can be captured, fused, exploited and disseminated in a timely and focused manner.
- Navies may rapidly establish large, safe operating areas and transit routes and lanes.
- Navies can detect and clear sea mines without putting personnel at risk in dangerous situations.
- Anti-submarine warfare
Transiting unfriendly submarines may be identified.
- Friendly naval assets or sea bases may be protected from unfriendly submarines with unmanned air systems and unmanned surface vessels working in concert.
- Secure passage of maritime assets in transiting key routes will be ensured, helping NATO to ensure access and freedom of manoeuvre.
- Surveillance and detection capabilities help counter modern stealth submarines that possess long-range offensive capabilities.
H. Henriksen is proud to be responsible for the design and manufacture of the launch and recovery system for Kongsbergs HUGIN.
The marked for Unmanned Surface Vessels/Vehicles is growing fast and there are many different USVs available. There are however not nearly as many good ways to launch and recover these USVs, and especially to and from a mothership.
An important feature of the future MCM systems is the ability to keep the manned mothership well out of the exposed mine area.
Using the USV as a platform for effective MCM operations requires dedicated small and low weight systems integrated to the USV. A number of such tools is critical to be able to create good MCM operations in the future.
H. Henriksen has a long history in creating tow systems for sonars such as ASW systems and underwater comms systems. The tow systems must be minimized both in size and weight to be used from relatively small platform such as the USV.
The new concepts of MCM using USVs requires a new way of working also on the deck of the mothership. H. Henriksen has developed a new breed of electrical winches that enables the transfer of the streamer cable smoothly to and from the USV.