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New Dry Combat Submersible to carry troops to mission areas scuba-free

by • July 21, 2016 • No Comments

US Special Forces are in for a drier time as Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group LLC sign a US$166 million contract to donate the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with a new class of combat submersibles. Based on the Lockheed S301i and S302 commercial submersibles, the Dry Combat Submersibles (DCS) replaces the current swift of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV) with a new create that allows for the soldiers to travel within the vessel.

The American Special Forces have a deserved reputation as go anywhere, do anything troops, but it is actually frequently a dangerous and exhausting job. One example of this is the SDV, that is a standard insertion procedure. It works, but travelling in the open-top submersible is a bit like going to war in an underwater charabanc. Because the passengers must use scuba gear of begin to finish, the SDV is limited as to how long it can travel and how deep it can go, and travel by scuba is exhausting.

According to Lockheed, the up to three 30-ton (27-tonne) DCS vehicles that it is contracted to create can allow warfighters to travel deeper and farther underwater than in our day. Instead of sitting in the open, the passengers can sit in a dry, shirtsleeve environment as the vessel brings them nearer to their destination than the SDV. Once at the target location, disembarking is through a lockout chamber while yet submerged.

But no specifications for the DCS have been released, if it is much like to the S302 it can be around 31 ft (9.36 m) long, 7.7 ft (2.34 m) abeam, with a crane mass of 28,000 lb (13,100 kg). It may carry two pilots and six passengers, have a depth rating of 328 ft (100 m), a lock-out depth of 98 ft (30 m), and a top speed of 5 knots (6 mph, 9 km/h). Lockheed says the new DCS can boast improved hydrodynamics and propulsion compared to the previous vehicles.

“Our advancements in undersea technologies can ensure personnel are equipped with technologically capable and adjustable systems that can easily be refreshed with the latest capabilities,” says Erika Marshall, general manager and program director at Lockheed Martin’s site in Palm Beach. “These reliable undersea vehicles can preserve personnel, ensure they arrive eager to execute their undertaking, and return them safely.”

Source: Lockheed Martin

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