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'Diver Delivery Craft' Special Forces underwater vehicle revealed
British firm Defense Submersibles International (DSI) has joined Dutch new entrants Ortega Submersibles in the emerging category of ‘submersible canoe’ style Swimmer Delivery Vehicles. These mid-sized SDVs are much larger and more enclosed than Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPVs) but still smaller and more open than regular SDVs. Another defining characteristic is that they are optimized for surface running for long distances like submersible boats, thus greatly increasing their range and endurance over a purely submerged crat of the same size.
The DSI Diver Delivery Craft is being showcased at UDT-2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. Previously the vehicle has not been revealed to the public.
The design appears to be three-person, sitting in-line with open cockpits. Large wing-like hydroplanes are positioned fore and aft, with an almost bat-like shape. There are vertical thrusters mounted in the forward hydroplane fairing, and electric thrusters and vertical rudders below the aft set. The design is propelled on the surface via a single waterjet with thrust reverser. This arrangement suggests a diesel engine for surface mode. No snorkel is visible however.
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