29 November 2018

Successful air transport trials completed for third generation submarine rescue system

System transfer trials represent significant milestone in enhancing submariner safety.

JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defence diving markets, has successfully completed air transport trials for the first of two, third generation submarine rescue systems being delivered to the Indian Navy.

With Time to First Rescue (TTFR) crucial to a successful submarine rescue operation, JFD conducted the comprehensive aircraft loading trials, in conjunction with the Indian Air Force, to fully ensure the fast and effective deployment of the submarine rescue system to the Mother Ship (MOSHIP) which will host the system.

The trials proved the functionality of the ground handling equipment provided by JFD and its successful integration with the Indian Air Force's Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft.

Giovanni Corbetta, managing director of JFD, commented on the trials by saying:

"JFD is pleased to have successfully completed the air transportation trials of the first Indian Navy DSRV System, working in close partnership with the Indian Navy Submarine Rescue Team West and the Indian Air Force to achieve this key milestone in the journey to a fully comprehensive submarine rescue capability.

"The trials have proven the compatibility of the newly inducted submarine rescue system with the Indian Air Force IL-76 Transporters, and the rapid response and deployment capability this provides in support of disabled submarine rescue operations at sea. The fact that the transportation equipment is an embedded part of the rescue system is unique and ensures the compatibility and availability of the loading equipment with the rest of the rescue system.

"The active participation of the Indian Navy's submarine rescue team throughout the trials is fundamental to conducting safe and efficient mobilisation operations in support of submarine rescue and to allowing them the ability to respond effectively to an emergency when a submarine is in distress." 

JFD performed the trials, which utilise a variety of equipment load combinations, to demonstrate the air manoeuvrability of the entire Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system, including the ability to load the custom ground handling equipment at origin and unload it at the final destination, and to maximise the capacity of each transport plane to ensure a minimal TTFR.

The air transportation trials follow the sea trials of the DSRV for the first of the two third generation systems being delivered to the Indian Navy. In a statement on social media, the Indian Navy said it now:

"joins a select league of nations with the capability to search, locate and provide rescue to distressed submarines by induction of the 1st Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel and associated kit in fly away configuration which can be rapidly mobilised. The DSRV can be mobilised from the naval base at Mumbai to the nearest mounting port by air, land or sea for providing rapid rescue to the submarine in distress."

Under the £193m contract, JFD is delivering two complete third generation submarine rescue systems including launch and recovery systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, logistics and support equipment together with a 25-year all inclusive annual maintenance contract.


Air transportation trials

Watch the successful air transportation trials of the first of two, third generation submarine rescue systems.