The Russian Navy will purchase six transparent submersible tanks that will be used for special underwater operations. On Wednesday, January 9, reports TASS with reference to a source in the military-industrial complex.
“The device will have the form of a ball with a transparent case of acrylic and titanium, the engine will be electric, ensuring continuous operation for at least 24 hours,” the source explained, noting that almost any civil or military vessel can become a carrier of the bathyscaph.
According to the agency interlocutor, the Malakhit design bureau will create a deep-sea habitable apparatus commissioned by Gazprom . The cost of its development is estimated at more than 1 billion rubles. It is expected that work on the bathyscaphe will begin in 2019 and be completed by 2022. The basic version is planned to be used for inspection of pipelines laid along the bottom and troubleshooting on them.
At the same time, as the source noted, the Main Directorate of Deep-Sea Research of the Ministry of Defense of Russia , which considers it as a means for conducting special operations under water , has already become interested in the device . In particular, the bathyscaphe, whose crew will consist of three people, will be able to perform various works at a depth of up to 2.5 kilometers. It is assumed that the Northern, Black Sea and Pacific fleets will receive two such vehicles each.