General Atomics, Kongsberg Maritime, and C & C Technologies sign AUV Cooperative Agreement

General Atomics, Kongsberg Maritime, and C & C Technologies sign AUV Cooperative Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov 06, 2005

San Diego, November 7, 2005. General Atomics, Kongsberg Maritime, and C & C Technologies have agreed to cooperate on the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and associated technologies. The team plans to develop AUVs to market primarily to the US Navy for intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance, and other applications. Work under this cooperative agreement may also include the development of advanced sensors and energy storage, propulsion, and communications technologies.

General Atomics (GA) and its affiliates, headquartered in San Diego, California, are high-technology development and manufacturing companies in areas ranging from nuclear technologies and advanced defense and energy systems, to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including PREDATOR®, a remotely operated surveillance aircraft. GA is currently active in systems integration for several US Navy programs including an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), Turboelectric Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), Integrated Fight-Through Power (IFTP) power conversion equipment, a superconducting homopolar propulsion motor, and an electromagnetic railgun.

Kongsberg Maritime, manufacturer of advanced hydroacoustic instruments, the HUGIN family of AUVs, and other maritime electronic products, has signed this agreement with General Atomics and C&C Technologies via its affiliate, Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc., located in Lynnwood, Washington. HUGIN AUVs have established an enviable record of proven performance and reliability in commercial and military applications worldwide.

C & C Technologies, Inc., a Lafayette, Louisiana-based surveying company, presently operates two HUGIN 3000 AUVs and will take delivery of a third, 4,500 m, depth-rated, HUGIN later this year. C & C Technologies is the world leader in AUV operations, having performed more than 50,000 km of commercial survey lines and hundreds of AUV launches and retrievals over the last few years.

Contact Information:

Carl Fisher

Director of Business Development

Electromagnetic Systems Division

General Atomics

(202) 496-8217

carl.fisher@ga.com

Doug Fouquet

Public Relations

General Atomics

(858) 455-2173

fouquet@ga.com

Tom Healy

President & CEO

Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc.

(425) 712-1107

tom.healy@kongsberg.com

Art Kleiner

Hydrographer

C&C Technologies, Inc.

(337) 261-0660

art.kleiner@cctechnol.com