Integrated Submarine Escape Capability or ISEC was Bill Dormer’s response to the emergence of a competitor in a market where Hale Hamilton and RFD Beaufort (now Survitec) had, since the 1960s, enjoyed 100% market share as design authorities for components of the UK submarine escape system.
In 2008 Anglo-German competitor ‘HaBeTaS’ entered the market, sponsored by TKMS, offering submarine builders a total system solution, whereas all Hale Hamilton could offer were system components. Bill approached Survitec with an idea and together they approached Strachan & Henshaw (now Babcock).
In ISEC Bill brought to the market an integrated capability, the synergy of which was recognised by the Royal Netherlands Navy when they invited Bill to competitively tender against HaBeTaS for the replacement Walrus Class submarine escape system.
ISEC was discontinued in 2010. Strachan & Henshaw were acquired by Babcock International and Survitec acquired their German competitor from within HaBeTaS, changing the market dynamic.