SRS development for mobilisation

Pressure hull and command module Pressurised testing on the pressure hulls and command module, part of the DSRVs, has taken place

As efforts to find missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan are increased, new submarine rescue systems (SRS) are being built.

JFD’s third generation SRS has been developed as part a contract for a major navy to maximise the chances of rescuing the crew of a distressed submarine (DISSUB).

Speaking of the SRS order, due for delivery in March 2018, Ben Sharples, JFD’s business execution director, commented: “The safety of submariners across the world is paramount, and submarine rescue services and systems need to be world class in capability with the highest standards in safety and quality.

“Crucially they need to be on location on time to affect a rescue, it is this element which has been a key driver in the development of our 3rd Generation systems.”

SRS order

The contract includes the design, build and supply of two complete third generation submarine rescue systems, which includes Deep Submergence and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), Launch and Recovery System (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service, plus a 25-year all-inclusive in-service support contract.

There are a number of key enhancements which have greatly reduced the deck footprint and weight of the system, ensuring quicker mobilisation, said JFD.

The DSAR class SRV is capable of diving to new deeper depths with a crew of three and up to 17 rescuees, while the medical hyperbaric complex can treat and decompress up to 90 personnel at any one time.

The launch and recovery system has been designed to handle the SRV in conditions up to and including sea state 6, while a pair of self-contained generators are capable of providing a fully redundant electrical supply to the entire system.

The first of the two systems is to be shipped in March 2018.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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