UK-based underwater technology provider JFD has successfully completed the first open sea trials for the Indian Navy’s deep search-and-rescue vehicle (DSRV).
The DSRV is the first of two third-generation submarine rescue systems being delivered by the company.
During the open sea trials, the vessel carried out a full-launch deployment, dive and recovery in open sea, simulating the operating conditions of a real submarine rescue operation.
JFD India DSRV project director Ben Sharples said: “The system was tested in the harsh environment presented by the seas off Mumbai pre-monsoon, an entirely different set of challenges compared to those experienced during harbour trials in Scotland earlier this year.
“To properly evaluate the system’s performance, it is crucial to ensure that the system can be operated safely within its environmental envelope of current, sea state, depth, temperature and humidity.
“Sea trials afford the opportunity for the team to experience the operation of the equipment in a real setting, ensuring they are equipped with the necessary skills to conduct a safe and successful submarine rescue operation.”
The first DSRV was delivered to the Indian Navy in April when the company deployed a team of 30 expert personnel to the west coast of India to support the mobilisation and a period of rigorous sea trials.
Featuring a new system design and tightly integrated components to ensure time-to-first-rescue (TTFR), the third-generation submarine rescue system has been designed to optimise speed and manoeuvrability in order to conduct successful rescue operations.
Weight optimised for maximum payload and optimum transportability, the search-and-rescue vehicle is capable of operating at greater depths than most other submarine rescue vehicles.