Project 18270 Bester submarine rescue vehicle
The Bester submarine rescue vehicle (Project 18270) is designed to rescue crews of distressed submarines and underwater constructions in a state of emergency. Besides, it is capable of various underwater engineering works ranging from searching and surveying underwater objects up to their lifting, as well as operations with the help of manipulators. The vehicle uses a submarine or surface vessel as its mother ship.
The deep submersible Bester (project 18270) is an untethered, manned, self-propelled apparatus transportable by motor and air transport means, based on surface or underwater carriers. Its mission is the rescue of crew from the damaged submarine on the bottom, clearing of coaming platform of damaged submarine, search and examination of other underwater objects using hydroacoustic means (when launched from the carrier ship), underwater work within the manipulator range, including ship salvaging.
On 14 August 2000 Ship crane PK-7500 with one BESTER-type DSRV appeared on the scene of the Kursk accident. The diving bells descended to the submarine. There was some information that salvage tug NIKOLAY CHIKER participated in early rescue operation; its deep water TV equipment could be used for obtaining the first pictures of wrecked Submarine. The first message "there were malfunctions on the submarine, therefore she was compelled to lay on a seabed in region of Northern Fleet exercises in Barents sea" was made by Navy's Press Center at 10:45.
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