September 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – The acting Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, visited the Cartagena Shipyard this morning, where she has been shown the current progress of the S80 submarine program, a priority to meet the needs of the national defense strategy.
The program is fully consolidated, technically and programmatically, with the first unit in the final phase of construction to begin the testing and launching phase in 2020. Navantia has thus overcome one of the greatest engineering challenges in its history, having developed unique capabilities in design and construction of conventional submarines.
Spain has entered the 21st century in the select group of countries that have the capacity to design and build submarines. This fact is due to the intrinsic difficulties of designing a system that must be able to operate autonomously in extremely hostile environments for long periods of time and that requires highly specialized knowledge in very diverse disciplines (materials, hydrodynamics, mechanics, acoustics , etc.) as well as having a highly qualified and specialized industrial and technological support base.
The jobs derived from the S80 program are estimated at about 2,000 direct annuals, both own and auxiliary industry, and up to 7,000 including employment that involves the drag effect on the supply chain and generated by the income effect. The latter represents 10% of industrial employment in the Region of Murcia.
Navantia is prepared and has a solid industrial and technological base to enter the international market with this product. He is currently competing with other European shipyards in the competition for the replacement of the four Dutch submarines of the Walrus class . It is also participating in another international competition for the construction of 6 submarines in India