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North firm in sub safety deal with Royal Navy.

Byline: Andrew Mernin

THE safety of submarine crews defending the realm from the ocean depths will be bolstered by a North technology firm following a pounds 500,000 deal with the Royal Navy. Analox Sensor Technology, of Stokesley, has landed a two-year contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply safety devices to 72 submarines.

Meanwhile the firm, which aims to double it turnover to pounds 12m over the next five years, has also won a deal to supply devices to the Australian Navy.

The emergency analysers are designed to be used in the event of a distressed submarine which has lost power and is unable to surface.

The device accurately monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, pressure and temperature inside the submarine escape compartment - this information is then used to inform critical decisions and maximise the survival of crew members.

Sales and marketing director Vicky Brown said: "In the event of a distressed submarine, the information supplied will be used to save the lives of the crew.

"It is essential that the equipment is simple and straightforward for anyone to use, and also that its ability to function is not hampered by pressure increases on board the submarine."

As well as servicing the MoD, Analox works with the US Navy alongside a string of other overseas clients, with around 60% of its production being exported out of the UK. The company has produced technology for partners in China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Holland, Norway, Russia and Spain.

Earlier this year Analox's technology caught the attention of delegates from all over the world as the North East firm exhibited in South Africa.

The group was one of only 10 international companies invited to show off its wares at the Nato Submarine Escape and Rescue Working Group 2009.

The SUB MKIIP is the only monitor in the world which meets the current NATO requirements for atmospheric monitoring equipment on subs with escape facilities.

As part of the MoD contract, two of the devices have already been handed over to senior instructors at the Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT) at Fort Block-housin Gosport.

Andrew Leigh, senior instructor at SETT, said: "This is an essential piece of equipment which can be used by submariners to clarify their decision making process, regarding whether to remain in the sub and await rescue or to conduct an escape."

Analoxwon the Exporter of the Year award at The Journal's North East Business Awards in 2006.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2009
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