Swedish Submarine Rescue Vessel Receives Diver Communications System Upgrade

JFD Fathom Systems’ interconnected system equipment will facilitate an improvement in operational efficiency and includes a number of features tailored to specifically meet the client’s requirements By DA Reporter / 08 Sep 2022
JFD Fathom Systems DDCS

JFD’s Fathom Systems has been contracted to provide a Digital Diver Communications System (DDCS) to be used in the Wet-Bell Diving System onboard the Swedish Navy’s submarine rescue vessel, HSwMS Belos.

The Wet-Bell system is used for diving operations up to 60 meters, where voice communication between the Dive Team and the Dive Supervisor is critical to ensure the highest level of safety, efficient operation and mission success.

“It is exciting to secure another contract in which a Fathom Systems product can be used for the Defense Market. Our communications system is state-of-the-art and should provide improved capability to the Swedish Navy dive teams operating on HSwMS Belos,” said Carl Hagman, Technical Authority, JFD Sweden. “It is our hope that further JFD and Fathom Systems branded products can support Swedish industry with the needs and requirements of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).”

The interconnected system equipment will facilitate an improvement in operational efficiency and includes a number of features tailored to specifically meet the client’s requirements. A further expansion of the system to include wireless capability to the deck and crane area is also anticipated.

The Fathom Systems DDCS has been selected to replace the existing system and includes the following key benefits and assurance:

  • Fully integrated, high quality Digital Diver Voice Communications System
  • Unrivalled audio performance, advanced helium speech unscrambler and digital audio processing
  • Easy to use HMI touchscreen technology
  • Optional fiber-optic networking
  • Modular, expandable system
  • Interconnected, tested and fully compliant system providing even greater reliability
  • Industry led, field proven, high-performance, state-of-the-art technology

JFD completed a fiber optic video and voice communications network upgrade to the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS). The new system, using the Fathom Systems DDCS product, was specifically engineered to allow the command team on the surface, in particular hyperbaric doctors, to monitor and initially assess rescuees in the rescue chamber from the moment they leave their host submarine.

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