If you’re a technical diver or rebreather diver, JFD recently unveiled a safety upgrade to its Stealth rebreathers range that could eventually make its way to the recreational dive market.

JFD, an underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense diving markets, last week announced a major safety upgrade to its Stealth rebreathers range that will significantly reduce the potential for incidents when switching to bail-out gas during mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal operations, as well as other underwater missions.

The new dual-mode bite mouthpiece enables divers to switch between JFD’s Stealth closed-circuit mode and a bailout gas supply without having to remove their mouthpieces. This seamless transition between primary and secondary gas supplies significantly reduces a diver’s risk of incident in the event that you need to switch gas supplies.

The dual-mode bite mouthpiece eliminates the previous necessity for divers working in extreme and unpredictable conditions to manually remove their mouthpiece to change from rebreather to bailout gas. The new mouthpiece has been extensively tested to achieve full compliance to all relevant standards to 100msw and allow simple integration into all existing and new Stealth systems, which includes both Stealth CDLSE, Stealth SC and previous variants, further enhancing diver safety and system commonality that allows full compatibility with additional systems such as the company’s External Breathing System (XBS) and Surface Supply Bail-Out System, the company said.

Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director at JFD, said:

“The launch of the dual-mode bite mouthpiece marks an important milestone in our ongoing program of upgrades to JFD’s Stealth rebreathers range, all aimed at continually setting new benchmarks in underwater life support technology and diver safety standards. This latest innovation dramatically improves the outcomes for divers who find themselves without gas in the most extreme and challenging environments, enabling them to focus on their missions without being distracted by concerns over equipment reliability.”

While JFD’s products are mainly sold to government and military clients, you never know when that technology will evolve to become available in the recreational dive market.

For more info, check out the JFD website.

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