VIDEO: The KONGSBERG Sounder USV system with a unique hull design

The KONGSBERG Sounder USV system is a multi-purpose unmanned surface vehicle system with a unique hull design to ensure high performance for hydroacoustic applications.

The Sounder Unmanned Surface Vehicle - USV supports quick and easy change of payload and is adaptable for both hull and bow mounted systems. KONGSBERG’s K-MATE autonomy system provides safe navigation and control of the system, capable of direct remote control, supervised or autonomous operation. A robust and reliable propulsion system and hull design ensures safe sailing for up to 20 days.

With a spacious moonpool and rack mount, the Sounder USV System is a flexible and adaptive platform for different applications. The onboard power generation provides enough power to operate several payloads at once. The payload is installed in the moonpool, though customisation allows installation in the keel or even bow mounted equipment.

Throughout the entire design process, focus has been on creating an optimal platform for hydroacoustic payload sensors, and maximum endurance while retaining the ability to transport the vessel in standard shipping containers, allowing for efficient deployment anywhere in the world. The hull shape ensures smooth sailing through the water, eliminating aeration and minimizing drag. A slim bow and the stabilizing fins dampen roll and pitch movement while the three rudders provide exceptional manoeuvrability.

The Sounder USV System is designed to perform for hydro-acoustic applications, from fish finding and fishery research to seabed mapping. With KONGSBERG’s range of sonars and echosounders, the Sounder is a versatile platform for many applications; a holistic solution from the world leading manufacturer of professional sonars and autonomous vehicles.
KONGSBERG works in collaboration with Norsafe AS as our hull partner. With Norsafe’s 100+ years of experience as a boat builder and KONGSBERG’s 30+ years of experience with autonomous underwater vehicles for demanding applications, the Sounder USV System is a reliable platform with innovative solutions designed to do the work, every time.Fitted with the world leading fishery sonar, the Simrad SX90, along with the ES80, the Sounder USV System provides detection and classification of fish schools from a remote location at a fraction of the current cost.