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Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

Scientific user

Postal address:
FFI, P.O.Box 25, N-2027 Kjeller, Norway
FFI Horten, P. O. Box 115, N-3191 Horten, Norway

Office address:
Instituttvn 20, N-2007 Kjeller
Karljohansvern, N-3190 Horten

Organization's Description:

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is the prime institution responsible for defence-related research in Norway. The Establishment is the chief adviser on defence-related science and technology to the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Armed Forces’ military organization.

The demand for expert and flexible armed forces requires continuous renewal and Norway’s unflagging emphasize on defence technology keeps FFI busy. It is a true challenge to make significant contributions to the development of the Armed Forces – both in its principal national defence role as well as in its various roles as an effective participant in international security operations.

Relevant defence research now requires international cooperation. In order to maintain a position at the forefront of science and technology within chosen sectors, FFI collaborates with national and international scientific institutions and industry. The Establishment also has a close working relationship with its partners and customers.


The HUGIN AUV Program covers autonomous underwater vehicles for both civilian and military use. FFI has been involved in the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for more than 15 years. The HUGIN system was developed in a collaborative effort involving FFI, Kongsberg Maritime, Statoil, Norsk Undervannsintervensjon (NUI) and the Royal Norwegian Navy and is used by the offshore survey industry for detailed seabed mapping and data acquisition, and by navies for mine counter measures (MCM) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
Today there are 30 scientists and engineers at FFI involved in the effort of increasing the effectiveness and area of uses for the system. There are ongoing research projects in the following fields:
- Making the AUV more independent and “intelligent"

Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS)
- Providing high resolution sonar images of sea floor objects

- Ensuring high accuracy navigation and high precision positioning of objects

Automatic Target Recognition (ATR)
- Enabling automatic detection of mine-like objects in sonar imagery

- Providing optical images for identification of underwater objects

- Extending the durability of the AUV

FFI operates HUGIN 1000 HUS, an AUV used for civilian and military experimentation, concept development and surveying.
External link:
Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN AUV

Phone: 47 63 80 72 01