S-80: A Sub, for Spain, to Sail Out on the Main
July 26/13: Paying the bill. The Spanish government approves an extra EUR 877.33 million (about $1.165 billion) in their 2013 budget, in order to finance payments that have come due on several major weapons programs. At the same time, in order to finance investments in their troubled S-80 submarine program, and purchases of their Pizarro (ASCOD 2) tracked IFVs, they will be cutting other programs.
The A400M aerial transport contract doesn’t allow Spain to cancel deliveries, but the government has officially decided to take delivery of the last 13 planes in “austere” condition, with few mission options, and then sell them on the second-hand market. They also intend to look for a way to reduce their planned buy of 45 NH90-TTH medium helicopters to just 22, while selling 6 of their 24 Tiger HAD/HAD-E attack helicopters, and reducing the number of serving Leopard 2A6E tanks from 190 – 116. Sources: Defense-Aerospace | Publico [in Spanish].
June 5/13: US help. The Spanish government has given General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, CT a $14 million contract over 3 years for assessments of the S-80 submarine program, and the scope of the work that would be required to correct its weight programs.
The Strategic Study Group’s Rafael Bardaji, who was recently director of the Spanish MdD’s Office of Strategic Assessment, said that the default preference is to extend the hull’s length by 5-6 meters (EUR 37.5 – 45 million per boat). AP.
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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