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Barracuda Combat Swimmers Delivery Apparatus from EMT

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The delivery unit for combat swimmers FWS-5 Barracuda was built by Emirates Marine Technology (EMT) from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The FWS family of vehicles certainly has a French influence, with significant Arab financial investments and European experience and technology successfully intertwined in it. The FWS-5 project received some advertising to promote the market at the end of 2000, but the previous options, starting with FWS-1 and ending with FWS-4, are virtually unknown. We estimate the progressive development of this project.



FWS (or FWS-1) was a relatively simple “wet” type device based freely on a French device fleet Vostock. It had a cylindrical body with a tandem cabin layout in the bow. Compared to the Vostock, it had a less streamlined nose and front fenders mounted in front of the cab. A small standard propeller indicates that it was just an experimental model designed for water testing. In this sense, she clearly worked, as shown by the following options.



The next project was much longer, and the nose became sharpened, the front protective glass was removed (there is no need for it in military applications, so most devices do not have it). The front wings were protected by a tubular frame, the propeller became larger and was enclosed in a ring fairing.



In the process of further development were installed advanced batteries, placed in long gondolas, recessed into the lower part of the body. Behind the cabs now have a large storage compartment.



The latest double version of the FWS-5 is a technologically mature solution. For a two-seater, it has an incredible length, the same length as the six-seat UOES-3 Button 5.60 (UOES-3 Button 5.60). The new device has a more spacious compartment and a telescopic mast for the second cabin.







TECH SPECS

Length: 9,3 meters
Diameter: 1,15 meter
Dry weight: kg 3600 (empty)
Engine: 8 kW electric
Batteries: Nickel Cadmium, 2000 charge cycles
Onboard compressed air system (200 bar): 10 m3
Equipment: sonar sonar, echo sounder, autopilot on GPS coordinates, navigation system, joystick, inertial navigation system, video camera, Doppler speed sensor
Speed: 5 nodes operational, more than 6 nodes (maximum)
Cruising range: 50 nautical miles at operating speed
Volume: 560 liters cargo hold, cargo weight up to 450 kg
Crew: 2

Some photos





Cabins


Barracuda Combat Swimmers Delivery Apparatus from EMT


Cargo bay

The device for delivery of Barracuda swimmers is equipped with a large flooded cargo compartment located behind the second cabin. This volume is quite enough for a passenger or for placing several magnetic mines, including large charges. Access to the compartment is on top.




Materials used:
www.hisutton.com
www.wikipedia.org
www.binjabr.com
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  1. corporal
    corporal 20 November 2015 07: 18
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    With the current development of anti-sabotage means, is the very idea of ​​such devices not outdated? Although it is clear that the entire coastline cannot be covered with sonars and other hydrophones, the important water areas, presumably, are tightly blocked. Question: "Why this device?"
    1. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 20 November 2015 10: 25
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      Quote: Corporal
      Question: "What is this device for?"

      You answered your question \.
      Quote: Corporal
      Although it’s clear that you can’t cover the entire coast with sonars and other hydrophones,
  2. gispanec
    gispanec 20 November 2015 09: 29
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    Quote: Corporal
    Question: "What is this device for?"

    namely, to the HIDDEN delivery of swimmers to the enemy coast ... various underwater objects of interest to you ... as well as enemy ships. Such a platform is quite normal ... I would love to try to drive it))
    1. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 20 November 2015 10: 22
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      Quote: gispanec
      Such a platform is quite normal ... I would love to try to drive it))

      In the USSR, there was ave. 865 SPL "Piranha" was built in the late 80s, two were built, in the 90s they were written off and cut like we don't need those.
      1. gispanec
        gispanec 20 November 2015 19: 44
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        Quote: saturn.mmm
        In the USSR was pr. 865 SPL "Piranha"

        generally different things ... the submarine (ultralow) and the swimmers delivery device ..... and do not argue, because you can call Kuzyu delivery ....
        1. saturn.mmm
          saturn.mmm 21 November 2015 09: 24
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          Quote: gispanec
          generally different things ... the submarine (ultralow) and the swimmers delivery device ..... and do not argue, because you can call Kuzyu delivery ....

          I don't argue. "Piranha" is a midget submarine, the main function of which is to deliver swimmers, while "Kuzi" has a slightly different one.