The government of Spain notified IZAR Construciones Navales its intention to
purchase 4 S-80 submarines to replace four aging Agosta-class submarines
currently operated by the Spanish Navy.
The S-80 submarines will be based on the Scorpene-AIP submarine developed
jointly by DCN and IZAR. To date, Chile and Malaysia have ordered 2 Scorpene
submarines each with diesel-electric propulsion.
The French Mesma Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system should be
the preferred powerplant for the S-80 submarine, but that decision has not been
According to IZAR, S-80 submarines will feature 71.5 meters long overall, 7.3
meters hull diameter, 32+8 crew, and 2,345-ton submerged. No date has been
released for submarines delivery to the Spanish Navy.
This decision was launched by the Spanish government within a
€4.2 billion ($4.7 billion)
initiative involving 24 Tiger HAD helicopters, one LHD ship, and approximately
200 Pizarro Infantry armored vehicles, and S-80 submarines as well.
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