Rescue System HABETaS®

Rescue from great depths

Thanks to modern safety concepts, an accident where the submarine cannot return to the water surface on its own is extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, Navies demand solutions that allow crews to save themselves without any external assistance to the water surface once the submarine is lying on the ground.

While the more usually known free ascent operation is limited to depths of about 180 meters, HABETaS® allows a rescue from significantly greater depths. Internal analysis conducted by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have shown that submarine rescue from a depth of approximately 250 meters is possible. HABETaS® has been successfully tested unmanned in different depth ranges (280 meters up to 540 meters). The limiting factor is no longer the technology, but the human body.

The HABETaS® Team

Two companies are working together in the HABETaS® team and taking care of the following tasks:
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is the integrator of HABETaS® into the system „submarine" and takes responsibility for the marketing & sales.
Our partner, the British company Advanced Marine Innovation Technology Subsea (AMITS) develops and builds the complex HABETaS® valve technology.

"HABETaS®" stands for the initials of the three partners who originally started the development of this rescue system and the corresponding technology used: HDW AMITS BfA Escape Technology advanced SPES (Submarine Personal Escape Suit). 

HABETaS®: NATO proven

The target-oriented development work has shown success on the international market: The Royal Dutch Navy has decided to install HABETaS® onboard their Walrus class submarines. Besides the integration, the contract includes the supply of the hardware as well as the corresponding logistic measures. Furthermore, HABETaS® will be ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' standard tower escape system for current and future submarine new buildings.

In addition to the already proven submarine refit capability, the worldwide unique HABETaS® system can readily be incorporated into basically any new platform design, irrespective of whether the submarines have been built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems or other shipyards.