Lockheed, Submergence to build DCS
Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group will build Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) vehicles for US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to transport personnel underwater to mission sites, the company announced on 21 July.
The $166 million USSOCOM contract will see Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group build, test, integrate and deliver up to three DCS vehicles in five years.
The vehicles will have longer endurance and will be able to operate at greater depths than the current swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV).
The DCS, weighing in at over 30t, will be capable of launching from surface ships and travelling sigificant distances underwater to deliver personnel close to the mission site. Unlike the current SDVs, which require personnel to be in full dive gear for the entire journey as they are exposed to the undersea environment, the DCS will enable personnel to get closer to their destination before needing to enter the water.
Erika Marshall, general manager and program director at Lockheed Martin’s site in Palm Beach, said: 'Our advancements in undersea technologies will ensure personnel are equipped with technologically capable and adaptable systems that can easily be refreshed with the latest capabilities. These reliable undersea vehicles will protect personnel, ensure they arrive ready to execute their mission, and return them safely.'
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