S-80: A Sub, for Spain, to Sail Out on the Main
Madrid, we (still) have a problem…
April 15/14: US help. Spain is asking for more American help to fix its S-80s:
“[Spanish Secretary of State for Defense Pedro] Arguelles asked the U.S. for “continued cooperation,” with S-80 builder Navantia to “resolve a technological [rough] patch,” in the program…. Last week, Navantia told Jane’s the problem with the submarine should be solved by June , “when it expects to be able to release details about the extent of the redesign, the time needed to sort it out, and the extra costs involved.”
If they’re asking for continued help at this juncture, is the June date in jeopardy? Sources: USNI, “Spain Asks U.S. for More Help to Fix Flawed Sub”.
The CIM-2000 Scorpene class diesel-electric attack submarine partnership was just the first step for Spain’s Navantia, as it joined with France’s DCNS to enter the global submarine market. Now Navantia is building on that base of expertise, to field its own S-80 Class for the Spanish Armada. Spain’s new submarines will be larger boats than Navantia/DCNS’ Scorpene Class, with Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) systems as standard gear, and completely new designs for both external shape and internal systems.
This article will cover the S-80 submarines’ capabilities and associated key events and contracts – including sub-contracts to American, British, and Italian firms.
S-80 Submarines: Program & Schedule
The S-80 Submarines
S-80: Industrial Team
S-80 Submarines: Contracts & Events
2011 – 2013
2008 – 2010
1997 – 2007
Additional Readings & Sources
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