SMD Deliver Atom Mk1 Systems to JFD Ltd


World leading subsea design and manufacturing specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce the delivery of two 1000m Atom Mk1 work class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) systems to JFD Ltd, a leading underwater capability provider, serving the commercial and defence markets.

The Atom systems, equipped with ultra-compact Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution which is essential for JFD in providing their customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for on time critical missions.

Optimised for submarine rescue operations, each Atom system carries three emergency life support pods for delivery to a submarine forming the Intervention element of the 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System. For this order, JFD took advantage of Atom’s ability to carry a large payload within the compact vehicle frame.

Ben Sharples, India Project Director, JFD, said: “At JFD, we believe in the power of improvement and the importance of collaboration and we have been pleased to work together with SMD on developing these new technologies. SMD’s Atom ROV systems play an important part in our new 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems, and in advancing our ultimate aims of driving down Time to First Intervention, protecting life at sea, and improving the standards of safety for submariners around the world.”

SMD’s Atom is an ultra-compact work class ROV comparable in size to an electric ROV system. Designed with ease of operation and maintenance in mind, Atom boasts the latest DVECSII distributed control, graphical displays and pilot aids coupled with proven powerful Curvetech™ components which have recently proved operational reliability at depths up to 6000m.

The small size and lightweight design of Atom was an important factor for JFD in the selection process, as the entire system must be air transportable for rapid response. During factory acceptance, SMD were able to demonstrate Atom’s impressive thrust capability to JFD representatives at their facility in North Shields, Newcastle using their 64 cubic metre in-house test tank.

Mark Collins, Managing Director ROV Systems comments: “This has been a significant project for SMD that has seen us deliver two submarine rescue specification Atom ROV systems successfully to a high profile client in the defence sector.  Significantly it shows that SMD can provide optimised work class ROV power and capability in a very small package that is light enough for air transportation and fast deployment.  Ease of use and reliability were also key requirements which SMD are able to demonstrate through a long track record in a diverse range of sectors. We look forward to continuing our new partnership with JFD to support their current and future needs in the defence underwater arena.”