British manufacturer of subsea rescue equipment Submarine Manufacturing and Products has been engaged in a $100 million contract with the Indonesian Navy for the provision of a Submarine Rescue System.
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The system will be developed in the United Kingdom over three years.
The rescue system will be hosted on a Houlder designed mothership, developed by their Indonesian strategic partner BTI Defence.
The system is centred on SMP’s SRV-F Mk3 rescue submersible, which can be deployed by both air and onboard a mothership and covers a large operating area.
The hybrid air and sea deployment reduces rescue time and complexity, a company release stated, providing flexibility in reaching the location of distressed submarines.
The rescue submersible can dive to 500 metres and carry up to 50 rescues.
Lord Dominic Johnson, minister for investment, welcomed the announcement.
“It’s fantastic to see UK companies securing a prominent international contract and being supported by the UK government along the way to achieve this success,” Lord Johnson explained.
“This impressive deal to provide the Indonesian Navy with new life-protecting equipment is a true testament to UK’s innovative and attractive business and investment ecosystem.
“The program will not only bring capital to the North of England, but also deepen our collaboration with our Indonesian partners. I look forward to seeing the project go from strength to strength.”
The announcement was also welcomed by the Indonesian military, noting that it represents a new era for the Indonesian Navy.
“The realisation of this Submarine Rescue Vehicle Project marks a new era for the Indonesian Navy in terms of acquiring this critical capability, as well as being an important step for Indonesia’s indigenous defence industry capability,” Director General for Defence Potential, Indonesian Military of Defence, Major General Mohammad Fadjar, MPICT, said.
“Working closely with BTI Defence and its key partners, the Ministry of Defence has ensured that in the process of introducing this important rescue capability into our Navy, we will also be expanding our local defence manufacturing capabilities through the introduction of new skills, new knowledge, and new technologies, particularly in the field of sub-surface operations.
“The industrial cooperation offered by this solution will have a huge impact and add value to the Indonesian defence industry, with a network of supply chain companies supporting the through-life and after sales service support. This is in line with the Minister Prabowo’s vision of a forward-looking, modern, independent, and competitive Indonesian defence industry.”