Inflatable Freeboard Extender (IFE) improves safety during surface abandonment in poor weather by preventing sea water ingress through the hatches.
IFE has been made available to suit three scenarios:
JFD's Engineering Team designed IFE from the ground up to be retrofitted with ease.
The system, which installs into a submarine's LET, includes its own 15 litre High Pressure air supply and is inherently independent of all onboard systems.
In 2010 JFD delivered DSAR-6 to the Republic of Singapore. DSAR-6 is now operated from a dedicated rescue mother-ship, "Swift Rescue."
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Finally, a version of IFE has been designed to allow egress from the access hatches of a surfaced submersible
Inflatable Freeboard Extender - Trials
JFD and Ballonfabrik trials of Inflatable Freeboard Extender aboard a Royal Navy Vanguard Class Submarine. The IFE allows the hatches of the submarine to be opened even whilst in rough seas