JFD has been awarded a £193m contract by the Indian Navy for the provision and long-term support of its submarine rescue capability. The contract includes the design, build and supply of two complete submarine rescue systems, and a 25-year all-inclusive annual maintenance contract. This further enhances JFD’s worldwide submarine rescue service presence following last year’s announcement award of a £12.1m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for operation of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).

Over the life of the contract, the JFD team will train local teams of engineers to maintain the systems, employing the knowledge it has gained through years of operating world-class submarine rescue services with navies across the world and creating an indigenous expert submarine rescue capability.

The twin India systems draw on JFD’s extensive experience of manufacturing and operating submarine rescue systems and will be JFD’s first third-generation rescue systems. The innovative system designs and tightly integrated components will ensure Time-to-First-Rescue – the time measured between deployment of the system and commencement of the rescue itself – is minimised.