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Indian Navy Seeks Diver Propulsion Vehicles

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    2010-11-18 India's navy is set to purchase advanced diving equipment in order to speed up deep sea clearing missions within operational deployments. A request for information has been issued to the defence firms that presently manufacture DPVs (Diver Propulsion Vehicles) and, further down the line, the maritime branch of the Indian armed forces will move to invite tenders for an eventual contract.

    India has a number of DPV specifications, within which limited size, limited weight and durability are all key demands. "We are looking for a light weight, portable DPV with compact and robust design to withstand extreme environmental conditions including pressure and temperatures from minus 15 to 40 degree Celsius", an unnamed Indian military official told online news portal Brahmand.

    DPVs/ Diver Propulsion Vehicles have been in military service for many decades. During WW2, manned torpedoes were deployed, undercover, by Allied forces against enemy vessels. Modern-day DPV operations are performed by units including the US Maritime Special Purpose Force – a division of the US Marines. They use the MRCC (Multi-Role Combatant Craft), which is effectively a small-scale submarine used to transport US military personnel into harbours and other sites.

    The Indian Navy requires powered diving technology that's three metres or less in length, that weighs less than 80 kilograms and that can dive to 30 metres below the surface while carrying two Indian naval personnel. Additionally, the Indian Navy DPV will need to be able to travel at two knots while under water and one-and-a-half knots when on the waves, and have under/over-water ranges of four nautical miles and two-and-a-half nautical miles, respectively.

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