Indian Navy's DSRV in new testing
JFD has completed sea trials of the Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) being delivered to the Indian Navy.
The DSRV carried out underwater mating with a submarine at a depth of over 300ft, followed by a target mating and hatch opening at 45 degrees. On successful mating with the submarine, personnel were safely transferred from the submarine to the DSRV.
Designed to facilitate the rescue of personnel from a disabled submarine at sea, the DSRV already successfully completed harbour trials, and has now replicated all operating conditions of a real submarine rescue operation.
JFD is delivering two complete third-generation submarine rescue systems to the navy under a £193 million contract. The system includes launch and recovery systems equipment, transfer under pressure systems, logistics and support equipment, and a 25-year all inclusive annual maintenance contract.
Ben Sharples, India DSRV project director, said: ‘The Indian Navy west coast-based rescue team, who will operate the system when in service, were active participants throughout this phase of the trials, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and expertise to conduct safe and efficient submarine rescue operations, should the need ever arise.
‘The sea trials of the DSRV has ushered in a niche capability into the Indian Navy. The DSRV, which is operated by a crew of three, can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled submarine at one time. These sea trials have proven the newly inducted DSRV’s ability to undertake rescue operations from disabled submarines at sea and has provided the Indian Navy with a critical capability.’
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