HM King Felipe VI to Preside Launch of First S80 Submarine for Spanish Navy

19.04.2021 Europe
HM King Felipe VI to Preside Launch of First S80 Submarine for Spanish Navy

HM King Felipe VI to Preside Launch of First S80 Submarine for Spanish Navy

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His Majesty King Felipe VI, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia will preside over the launching ceremony of S-81, the first submarine of S-80 class, in Navantia shipyard in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain)on Thursday 22 April 2021.

The S-81, which will be named ‘Isaac Peral’, is the first submarine designed and built in Spain. This represents a strong commitment with national technological development, and thus, with national defense as well as with the international positioning of Spanish industrial sector.

With the S-80 program, Spain becomes one of the few countries that can design and build submarines, an extremely complex task because these vessels must operate autonomously in a hostile environment. Therefore, they require highly specialized skills in different areas of knowledge and a highly qualified industrial and technological industry.

The launching ceremony will be attended by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles; the President of Murcia, Fernando López Miras; the Chief of the General Staff (JEMAD), Almirante General Teodoro López Calderón and the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy (AJEMA), Almirante General Antonio Martorell Lacave, as well as the President of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez and the President of the Spanish State-owned holding (SEPI), Belén Gualda.

The S-80 program is the greatest industrial and technological challenge ever faced by the national defense industry. Navantia is taking a huge technological step forward, as it is taking the role of Technical Design Authority for the first time. In addition, Navantia is completing the cycle of technological evolution: from building in Spain with a foreign design to building in Spain with Spanish design.

The submarines will have an overall length of 80.8 meters, a diameter of 7.3 meters, and a submerged displacement of around 3,000 tons. They include the integrated combat system and platform control system developed by Navantia Sistemas the integrated platform control system developed by Navantia Sistemas. They will have BEST-AIP, an atmosphere-independent propulsion system, which supplies the ship with electrical power at any depth so that it can remain underwater for longer periods.

Therefore, S-80 has improved considerably its stealth capabilities, the main attribute of a submarine. The S-80 stands as the world’s most advanced conventional submarines and has drawn the attention of several navies and opened opportunities in a highly technological international market.

The ceremony, which will be held under health and safety precautions due to the current health situation, will be held ahead of the process of setting it afloat. This process, which takes long hours, will be carried out by shipyard staff as a routine of work in the following days.

The next phases will be harbor tests and sea tests, which include sailing up to the maximum operating depth. The first sailing is scheduled for early 2022 and delivery to the Navy in early 2023.

The S-80 program has meant a technological leap for Navantia and its cooperating industries, placing them at the forefront of the world’s conventional submarines market. Around one hundred companies from 11 different Spanish regions are taking part in the program.

The Spanish shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological state-of-the-art war ships for the Spanish Navy, which makes it a strategic company, and for the international market. Its activities include the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. NAVANTIA has also taken steps towards diversification and has become a relevant actor in the area of offshore wind power.

NAVANTIA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which is made up by a total of 15 state-owned companies in which it has a direct majority shareholding participation and which employ more than 78,000 professionals.

 
 



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