(ORDO NEWS) — Developers from the Rubin Central Design Bureau presented the concept of the Sentinel diving patrol ship. It is expected to interest foreign customers.
The Rubin Central Design Bureau, which is part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, has developed a diving ship project. It combines the advantages of a submarine and a surface patrol ship.
The development received the designation “Guard”, in the world market the ship will be promoted under the designation Border and Offshore Submersible Sentry (BOSS).
“The cost of patrol ships on the world market is relatively low, which makes them acceptable for countries with a small budget. Operation pays off by preventing poaching and other economic delinquency. Ships of this type are multifunctional and can be used for security purposes, as well as as a rescue or research vessel, ”the Rubin’s press service said.
As for the equipment, the developers are guided by samples that are already mass-produced and commercially in demand.
Due to the ability to dive under water, the ship is able to covertly observe intruders and avoid the effects of adverse weather. In addition, the “Guard” can be used to train the crews of full-fledged submarines.
Work in this direction was actively carried out in the Soviet years. In the 60s, the USSR developed a Project 1231 small submersible rocket ship, which is a hybrid of a boat and a submarine. The advantage of such a solution was considered the achievement of submarine stealth performance while maintaining the speed qualities of a “conventional” ship (on the surface). The boat was supposed to carry up to four P-25 missiles. Crew – 12 people.
Despite the high level of elaboration, the project was eventually abandoned. The fact is that his main ideological inspirer was the then head of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev. The project was closed after his removal from power.
Experts also noted the objective technical problems of project 1231. The ship was extremely complex: the ascent and dive complex included 29 ventilation valves and 54 kingstones. At the same time, the high-pressure air supply was not enough for surfacing in the event of a possible accident on board. In addition, they criticized the weak weapons of the brainchild of Khrushchev.
In the modern world, something similar is being developed (or developed) in the EU. At the Euronaval naval exhibition in 2010, the project of the SMX-25 ship was presented, which received the unofficial nickname “diving frigate”.
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