James Fisher Defence has launched a new rebreather for mine clearance divers. The stealth CDLSE Mk2 and Mk2-ED (Extended Duration), are the latest enhanced models of JFD's successful Clearance Diver’s Life Support Equipment rebreather.
Enhancements include new and more advanced O2 sensors, which enables the control system to rapidly and accurately respond to changes in life-support system status; an improved choice of cylinders.
The Mk2-ED variant contains an extended duration scrubber which provides a significantly increased dive time of six to eight hours.
JFD says the Stealth CDLSE Mk2 can operate at depths of up to 100m, and fully meets the requirements of NATO AEODP-7 Class A (STANAG 2897) without compromise and under both static and dynamic test conditions.
In line with the continued technological advancements of sea mines, the new Stealth CDLSE Mk2 surpasses the low acoustic test requirements of NATO STANAG AMP15.
The Stealth CDLSE Mk2 and Mk2-ED are used primarily for MCM-EOD (Mine Countermeasures Explosive Ordnance Disposal). According to JFD, they represent a new benchmark in state-of-the-art underwater life support technology, increasing levels of diver safety, equipment reliability, maintainability, operational capability and mission versatility.
Today, sea mines come in many different varieties, from bottom-buried mines, to acoustically-actuated variants, to mines manufactured from composite materials; all of which makes detection and disposal even more challenging.
To conduct safe MCM-EOD operations, JFD says divers need an advanced rebreather capability that provides an extended dive time even at greater depths.
The Stealth CDLSE Mk2 builds upon an existing model, which has been in service for more than 15 years and has a proven track record in a range of operational and environmental conditions. The set has been developed following extensive engagement with end users to ensure it is fit for purpose to meet current and future operational requirements.
Based on competitive evaluations conducted by independent government evaluation agencies and other end users, Stealth CDLSE is considered one of the most popular MCM-EOD rebreathers in service, with more than 600 sets in operation across 11 different countries.
“As the complexities and sophistication of mines and underwater explosive devices continues to increase, it is critical that we also innovate and enhance our life-support technology and bring to market new products that maximise the levels of diver safety,” said Giovanni Corbetta, managing director at JFD.