QinetiQ, who lead the world in the provision of Submarine Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survival (SMERAS) Support Services, has provided Italian ship builder Fincantieri with specialist design and advisory services in support of the development of an onboard escape system for the Italian Navy’s newest submarines.
Fincantieri is one of the largest groups in the world in the design and construction of merchant and naval vessels. The company has a global network of 10 shipyards, two design centres, a naval research centre and two production sites dedicated to the manufacturing of systems and mechanical components. Its core business is the construction of complex ships with high technological content, for example cruise ships and large ferries. It also builds a wide range of military naval vessels , including surface ships (frigates, corvettes, patrol vessels) and submarines.
QinetiQ were engaged at the very beginning of the new submarine construction project conducting a feasibility study, providing advice, system and component evaluation, design and sea trails support. Fincantieri also made extensive use of QinetiQ’s facilities including its unique and specialised SMERAS equipment and bespoke evaluation software.
Mario Palmieri, Lead Project Engineer Platform Subsystems, Fincantieri said
“QinetiQ made a big contribution towards our delivering to the Italian Navy. QinetiQ supported us throughout the submarine escape system review process acting as our independent advisor. The Italian Navy were also very satisfied with their work. In our view QinetiQ’s combination of knowledgeable, experienced and motivated staff with their extensive range of testing equipment and facilities make them the partner of choice in the area of submarine safety and escape systems,”
Davide Mioni, Project Engineer, Platform Subsystems, Fincantieri said
“Throughout the project we found QinetiQ very easy to work and communicate with. They were responsive and worked efficiently and effectively. The combination of their highly knowledgeable engineers and technical consultants coupled with their extensive testing facilities more than met our needs and exceeded our expectations. We believe that QinetiQ helped us to save nearly four months over the lifetime of the project. We will definitely be working with them again.”
QinetiQ SMERAS Support Services provide optimised and cost effective support based on a deep understanding of submarines and associated safety issues. World leading expertise has been delivered by highly qualified professionals to many of the world’s submarine fleets including fully instrumented tower trials and guardbook advice for the UK Royal Navy, Dutch, Norwegian and Canadian Navies.
In addition QinetiQ are at the forefront of research into hyperbaric physiological effects in the SMERAS environment. QinetiQ also have a rapid response team of RN SETT qualified personnel, ready to go to sea and conduct submarine trials at any time.
Andrew Dinsdale, Head of Maritime Life Support, QinetiQ said
“The work that we have done for the new Italian Navy submarines clearly demonstrates our core capability in providing independent SMERAS Support Services. We have established excellent working relationships with both Fincantieri and the Italian Navy and look forward to continuing our contribution in the provision of comprehensive SMERAS support and access to our state of the art submarine escape test facilities.”
Notes for Editors:
- A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
- QinetiQ lead the world in providing Submarine Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survival (SMERAS) Support Services to navies, submarine constructors and related suppliers, based on unrivalled knowledge built on over 25 years of experience. Offering a wide range of services including concept design & development, tower escape system support, surface abandonment support and audit and assessment services, QinetiQ are pre-eminent in research into hyperbaric physiological effects in the SMERAS environment. Supported by a range of unique facilities including the QinetiQ Submarine Escape Simulator, QinetiQ deliver independent advice free of any supplier. QinetiQ is also the UK Royal Navy’s long-term research, test and evaluation partner of choice for submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival. For more information go to www.qinetiq.com/SMERAS
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