Russia Tests New Submarine Rescue System

The crew of the Russian navy ocean rescue ship Igor Belousov conducted the second phase of interdepartmental tests of the submarine search and rescue unit Bester in the Baltic Sea.

During the testing of the underwater vehicle, the underwater crew was successfully evacuated from a submarine.

Characteristic features of the Bester, designed by the Nizhny Novgorod design bureau Lapis, are the accuracy of its positioning and navigation depth, the presence of a single automated control system and new steering systems.

What distinguishes the Bester is its capability  to evacuate crew members from submarines listing to 45 degrees. Previous devices were limited to a maximum of 15 degrees.

After completing the fourth phase of sea trials, Igor Belousov is expected to proceed to the state tests. The rescue ship will join the Navy until the end of 2015.

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Naval Today Staff, Image: Russian Ministry of Defence