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The Spanish Navy Amps Capacity with Maritime Robotics and Kongsberg Collaboration

The Instituto Hidrográfico de la Marina (IHM) is the hydrographic institute of the Spanish Navy, set to guarantee safety in navigation, obtaining and distributing nautical charts and publications on the coast profile, seabed, winds, tides, and currents.

“IHM has opted for a significant change in operations by incorporating unmanned autonomous vehicles that currently allow us to mobilize a minimum team of hydrographers in record time,” says Navy Commander and Director of IHM, Salvador Espinosa Gonzalez-Llanos.

IHM has increased its capacity for multipurpose operations with three uncrewed vehicles (USV) from the Norwegian company Maritime Robotics.

Under the umbrella of the project VERIL (Vehículo Explorador Robotizado Integral Ligero), IHM selected Kongsberg Discovery to provide both small and compact, and long-range medium USVs fitted with a comprehensive ecosystem of sensors and equipment for a seamless, remote high-quality hydrographic data acquisition, processing, and online visualization and control.

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