Firm designs sub escape system

NAVY Submarine 'Nazario Sauro' built by Fincantieri for the Italian navy
NAVY Submarine 'Nazario Sauro' built by Fincantieri for the Italian navy
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A GOSPORT-based defence firm has helped design an escape system for one of the Italian navy’s newest submarines.

Workers at QinetiQ, which tests and develops submarine escape hatch technology at its base in Haslar, helped create the new system for Italian ship builder Fincantieri.

Fincantieri is one of the largest groups in the world in the design and construction of merchant and naval vessels, and was recently contracted to build a submarine for the Italian navy.

QinetiQ was brought on-board from the beginning of the project to advise on safety issues, carry out a feasibility study, provide a system and component evaluation, and offer support with sea trials and design.

It also provided the use of its unique and specialised submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival support services equipment.

Andrew Dinsdale, head of maritime life support at QinetiQ, said: ‘We have established excellent working relationships with both Fincantieri and the Italian navy and look forward to continuing our contribution through support and access to our state-of-the-art submarine escape test facilities.’

QinetiQ is also contracted by the MoD to test all navy diving equipment and carry out forensic examinations if something goes wrong.

Davide Mioni, project engineer in Platform Subsystems at Fincantieri, said: ‘Throughout the project we found QinetiQ very easy to work with. The combination of its highly knowledgeable engineers and technical consultants coupled with its extensive testing facilities more than met our needs and exceeded our expectations.’