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26 May 16. MAS Zengrange Launches Mini-DRFD Maritime(M) Float System. MAS Zengrange the UK & New Zealand based Remote Initiation Systems Company, announces the launch of the Mini-DRFD POP π M4.0 Float System (Mini-DRFD (M)). Building on the capabilities set by previous iterations of Mini-DRFD Float Systems, MAS Zengrange has developed the latest version to fill a capability gap for those requiring sub surface and surface based remote firing for the maritime environment. The float system is made up of two main components, receiver housing with floatation collar and shock tube basket. Spring loaded clamps secure the receiver housing and basket which are later released mechanically or
electronically allowing the float to separate. A positively buoyant receiver housing ascends to the surface upon separation. As the receiver housing ascends to the surface, the shock tube cradle remains at the target and shock tube is dispensed to provide a physical link to the surface. Once the receiver housing has
breached the surface a receiver is initiated by sending a remote firing command from the Mini-DRFD transmitter providing a stand-off RF capability.
The Mini-DRFD Maritime (M) Float System enhances Remote Initiation capability by providing extended user application options when conducting overt or covert explosive tasks above or below the waterline using single or multiple systems. The capability allows sub-surface deployment and
detonation or timed sub surface-to-surface release allowing surface control of the event. Mini-DRFD (M) CONOPS support Naval, Amphibious and SF user groups throughout the joint
environment across the spectrum of dive operations.
The Mini-DRFD (M) utilises UHF radio for long-range remote initiation. Re-usable and/or expendable receiver configurations within the housing provide operational flexibility. The system can be tactically
transported safely and deployed to target in a safe state. Upon expiry of the safe to arm period the receiver arms. The system can remain subsurface and execute a Timer Initiated Fire (TIF) or pre-determined sub-surface release. Post release the cradle remains at the target and shock tube is paid out to provide the ‘explosive train’ to the surface. Surface or sub-surface initiation of explosives can be performed by electric or non-electric means.
The Mini-DRFD POP π M4.0 Float System is ideal for a number of uses including:
• Overt and covert deployment above and below the water line
• Mine Countermeasures
• Demolition, Obstacle, Shipping Lane Clearance, and Sabotage
• Operating in Deep Water, Shallow Water, Very Shallow Water
Greg Marsden, General Manager for MAS Zengrange NZ said, “The Mini-DRFD POP π M4.0 Float System was developed at our Wellington, New Zealand facility with internal funding. We were delighted to be nominated for a NZ Hi-Tech Award this year, for the Mini-DRFD Float System. The annual NZ Hi-Tech Awards are among the technology sector’s most sought-after accolades, they have been awarded to New Zealand’s most successful high-tech companies. Administered by the NZ Hi-Tech Trust, the awards promote the sector as a leading contributor to New Zealand’s economy and export success. Even though the NZ defence industry is relatively small, this Hi-Tech Award recognition for MAS Zengrange remote initiation capability shows where some really solid defence companies who do some great work. This award nomination demonstrates the continued development of state-of-the-art defence technology products from our facility. We have already obtained a European launch customer for the product and hope to announce further orders in the coming months.”
*Surface and subsurface deployment
*Provides operational flexibility to divers
*Timed or remote initiation
*Low magnetic si