UK firm SubSea Craft is developing the VICTA vessel, the world’s most advanced diver delivery unit that combines the characteristics of a fast surface craft with those of a submersible and is designed to perform special missions. Up to eight passengers can enjoy cruising on the sea surface at extreme speeds and then dive below the surface at any time. In addition, it is possible to have an open roof during the dive.
VICTA measures 11.95 meters long by 2.3 meters wide and seats eight passengers on board – two captains controlling the digital cockpit and six divers. The is made of matte black carbon fiber with a polyurethane foam core. This contributes to an optimal balance of weight and strength. The motorboat has an unusually elongated hull and acts as a weapon for adrenaline riding. Thanks to the closed design and the drive divided below the surface and above the surface, further use is quite clear.
When moving across the surface, the boat is powered by a customized Seatek 725+ diesel engine, which outputs 725 bhp connected to Kamewa water jets. In its final form, it should have a top surface speed of up to 40 knots (74 km/h), a cruising speed of 30 knots (56 km/h), and a fuel range of 250 nautical miles (463 km).
In submarine mode, a pair of marine propulsion 20 kW electric thrusters provide forward propulsion at speed up to 8 knots (15 km/h) and a cruise speed of 6 knots (11 km/h). VICTA can travel underwater up to a range of 25 nautical miles (29 miles or 46 km). Four Copenhagen thrusters are mounted vertically for accurate slow speed depth control. Its life-support system will provide four hours of air for eight divers.
Industry-leading subCtech Li-ion SmartPowerBlocks design with built-in battery management systems integrated into a rugged titanium housing, providing 140 kW of power dedicated to SubSea operation.
The whole interior can be submerged in water and fully enjoy the underwater world. VICTA moves quickly and seamlessly from the surface to sub-surface, and this transition, along with its performance in both domains, is enabled by an innovative fly-by-wire control system. The two-minute transition time between surface and subsurface is groundbreaking.
Built-in the south of England, the SubSea Craft‘s vessel is currently in the final stages of testing, with sea tests scheduled to begin in January. The price of the vessel has not been published yet.