18 June 2015

Respirator Research and Development Enterprise of Technodinamika Holding of Rostec State Corporation and Research Diving Team of the regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) in the Republic of Tatarstan have signed a cooperation agreement. The company will supply expeditions with diving equipment, while the diving team will test the Holding company's equipment and provide expert opinions. In addition, RGS divers will using the units produced by Respirator to train the trainers and instructors.

"The signing of this agreement represents a significant event for us," said Maxim Kuzyuk, CEO of Technodinamika Holding company. "Our scuba equipment will be reviewed by professional testers, whose experience will help us to make more ergonomic products and, as a result, they will become even more interesting for the civilian market and government agencies, such as the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations."

The cooperation between Respirator and the regional branch of RGS in Tatarstan started with the participation of test divers in a research expedition to Antarctica. As part of the Pole of Cold project, Dmitry Schiller, the head of the diving team, made a record dive to a depth of 97 meters with a water temperature of minus 3 degrees Celsius using diving equipment produced by Respirator.

The large-scale expedition project 13 Seas of Russia will start as early as July 1, 2015. Its goal is to test Russian underwater equipment in the seas around Russia. The first stage will include a Subarctic expedition from July 1–21, 2015. The underwater researchers from Tatarstan will dive in the Barents Sea to more than 100 meters, a record depth for scuba divers, using Russian-made underwater breathing equipment.

"Diving to a depth of 120 meters will be a world record. No one has used scuba for diving so deep beyond the Arctic Circle before," said Dmitry Schiller, Chairman of the RGS branch in Tatarstan. "The team will test Russian-made breathing devices created as part of the import substitution program at Respirator Research and Development Enterprise from Orekhovo-Zuyevo near Moscow."

Respirator Research and Development Enterprise will provide the expedition with VR-171S and VR-172 non-freezing diving regulators and LAM-17 lung system. The new equipment addresses the issue of the lung system freezing in extreme cold conditions and ensures at least two hours of trouble-free operation at a water temperature of down to minus 4 Celsius. Advanced technology helped to simplify the reducer and make it more reliable than its analogues. In addition, springless technology reduced the total weight of the equipment.

The Research Diving Team is a team of professional divers, experts in various areas of underwater operations, photographers, athletes, journalists, and scientists set up by the Russian Underwater Sports Federation and the Russian Geographical Society. The team's mission is to conduct studies related to underwater operations; carry out campaigns and projects related to underwater operations; assist research institutions in underwater research and collection of scientific data, and provide training in underwater sports and underwater research.

The Branch of the Russian Geographical Society in the Republic of Tatarstan promotes geographical knowledge, conducts scientific research, develops tourism, including adventure tourism and ecotourism, and provides education and health care for young people in the Republic of Tatarstan. In 2013-2014, members of the Branch set three world records and won national recognition for divers from Kazan. Dmitry Shiller is the head of the Branch.

The 13 Seas of Russia is a large-scale expedition project which involves scuba diving with Russian-made equipment to record depths in the seas surrounding Russia. The project is scheduled to start on 1 July 2015 and to be completed by December 2020. The project is expected to result in a series of documentaries on expeditions and the seas of Russia.

Technodinamika Holding offers design, engineering, manufacturing, and after-sales services of aircraft systems and components. The Holding also produces parts and components for the oil and gas, automotive, transport, and power generation industries. Technodinamika comprises 36 enterprises located all over Russia: in Moscow, Moscow Region, Ufa, Samara, Ekaterinburg, Arkhangelsk Region, and other Russian regions. The Holding is part of Rostec State Corporation.