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   ** CHANAKYA 52nd YEAR ** INDIAN NAVY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: 15 DECEMBER 2021 ** EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAVY CHIEF **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 52nd Year in Defence Publishing: 47th Year of Monthly Publication       

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

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Navantia S-81 Submarine Launch Ceremony

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Navantia Launching Ceremony of the 3,000 Tonne S-81 'Isaac Peral'


Navantia’s Launching Ceremony of the 3,000 tonne S-81 'Isaac Peral', the first Submarine of S-80Plus Class, was held at the Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain) on the 22nd April 2021. The launch ceremony was attended by Chanakya’s Editor & Co-Publisher, ANITA MAL KAUL. The 80.8 metre Submarine is one of the world's most Advanced Conventional Submarines, was later floated into the Sea for its harbour and sea trials, set to be in Service with Spanish Navy by 2023. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy is all set to issue the tender worth around Rs. 50,000 crores soon to build six more Advanced Conventional Submarines, with a MoD high-level meeting set to discuss the P-75(I) Project and is scheduled to take up the draft Request for Proposal for clearance, after which the tender will be issued to the Strategic Partners. The Indian Navy has already identified and cleared MDL and Larsen and Toubro (L&T) as the Strategic Partners that can tie up with any five global manufacturers, including Spanish Navantia. The Navy reportedly wants the P-75(I) Submarines to be equipped with heavy firepower including 12 Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM), along with Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (ASCM), and 18 Heavy-Weight Torpedoes (HWTs). Chanakya reports on the Navantia S-81 launch in Spain.

Spain’s King Felipe VI Presided at the Navantia Launching Ceremony of the First S-80 Submarine for the Spanish Navy - the S-81 'Isaac Peral'
On 22nd April 2021, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia presided over the Launching Ceremony of S-81, the first Submarine of S-80 Class, in Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain).


The S-81, which will be named 'Isaac Peral', is the first Submarine designed and built in Spain by Navantia. This represents a strong commitment with national technological development, and thus, with National Defence as well as with the international positioning of the Spanish Industrial Sector.


With the S-80 Submarine programme, 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 was attended by Spain’s Minister of Defence, 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 Navantia S-80 programme is the greatest industrial and technological challenge ever faced by the Spanish National Defence Industry. Navantia has taken 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 a Spanish Design.


The S-80Plus Submarines will have an overall length of 80.8 metres, a diameter of 7.3 metres, and a submerged displacement of around 3,000 tonnes. They include the Integrated Combat System and 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, Navantia’s S-80 has improved considerably its Stealth Capabilities, the main attribute of a Modern 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 was held under health and safety precautions due to the current health situation, was held ahead of the process of setting it afloat. This process, which takes long hours, was carried out by shipyard staff as routine work in the following days.


The next Phases will be the harbour 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 Spanish Navy is set for early 2023.


The S-80 programme 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 programme.


S-80Plus Opens Up a New Era in Spanish Shipbuilding and in the History of Spanish Navy
With the arrival of S-80 at a crucial moment when the Submarine Service of Spanish Navy currently has only 2 Units of the S-80 Galerna-Class and veteran submarines at the end of their operational life. When all 4 S-80 Submarines are commissioned, the Spanish Navy will have a Submarine Flotilla capable of providing advanced services.


The Submarine has achieved a high degree  of indigenisation with the participation of a large number of Spanish companies. The modern Combat Management System (CMS) of S-80 will allow the operation of all the capabilities offered by the new Weapons, Torpedoes and Missiles, as well as of all the latest High-Tech Sensors. The Platform design also brings substantial improvements like the innovative AIP for production of electrical energy at any depth using bio-ethanol. This will help increase the endurance during immersion periods and will improve the essential health of the submarine.


The development of the AIP has been separated from the main project. The first Submarine to be fitted with AIP during construction will be the third in the Series, i.e. S-83. On the S-81 and S-82, the AIP will be fitted after delivery.


Currently, there are 3 main AIP Systems in operation worldwide - MESMA-based on steam turbines, developed by France, and Stirling System developed by Saab Kockums. This system is based on an external combustion engine using diesel fuel and liquid oxygen stored in a cryogenic tank. The third AIP System in existence today is the Metal Hydride System based on fuel cells in which a chemical reaction of oxygen & hydrogen takes place,  developed by TKMS-Siemens Consortium.


With the S-80Plus programme, the Spanish Industry develops capabilities through co-partnership with leading companies like Lockheed Martin (CS Core & Sonar Suite), Babcock for Weapon Launch System, L3Harris for Periscopes, Avionics (Steering System), Collins Aerospace (Fuel Cells). MTU (Diesel Generators), Fincantieri (Propeller), etc.


While the S-81, will be delivered by 2023, S-82 is scheduled for end 2024, S-83 for 2028 and S-84 for 2028. In addition to the construction of the four submarines  the development of Simulators and creation of new infrastructures are being taken into account.


After the launching, the Navantia S-81 Submarine was moved from the construction shed to the Floating Dock. Harbour and sea trials will be undertaken extensively for checking operation of equipment and systems before being handed over to the Spanish Navy in early 2023. Work on the S-82 is being carried out in tandem. The sea trials of the first of the Series - the S-81 - on the Surface and Underwater, which will continue throughout 2021 and 2022, will be watched and analysed with the utmost attention by the Navies of other Nations, including the Indian Navy.


Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarine
With Navantia successfully joining the prestigious group of Nations capable of designing and manufacturing submarines, it has its eyes firmly set on the international market. It is a contender along with 4 other international companies, for building 6 P-75(I) Submarines in India with Indian Industry participants.


The S-80 Plus Submarine is the closest to the Indian Navy’s requirement, in terms of its size and capability. L&T Defence, BEL, some cable manufacturers, structural manufacturers, have already been identified by Navantia for the programme. Industrial mapping of India has been done by Navantia, as Navantia has already contacted over 100 companies as potential Suppliers. They are in touch with L&T for the Weapon Launching Systems as well. Further, Special Coating on the S-80 Submarine reduces drag resistance. Navantia has already contacted some suppliers in India for Surface Ships too.


Apart from India, there are no other prospective customers at the moment, but in the next 5 to 19 years there will be more international requirements. Canada will soon be looking for a new batch, so this could be an opportunity, and in future there could be some countries in South America and in Asia.


The Indian Navy is all set to issue the tender worth around Rs. 50,000 crores soon to build six more advanced conventional submarines, with a MoD high-level meeting set to discuss the P-75(I) Project and is scheduled to take up the draft Request for Proposal for clearance after which the tender can be issued to the Strategic Partners. The Indian Navy has already identified and cleared MDL and Larsen and Toubro (L&T) as the Strategic Partners that can tie up with any five global manufacturers including French Naval Group, German TKMS, South Korean Daewoo, Spanish Navantia and Russian Rosoboronexport.


As per the requirements, the Indian Navy reportedly wants the P-75(I) Submarines to be equipped with heavy-duty firepower as it wants the boats to have at least 12 Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM), along with Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (ASCM). The Navy has also reportedly specified that the Submarines should also be able to carry and launch 18 Heavy-Weight Torpedoes (HWTs).


Navantia Opens the Navantia Training Centre (NTC) in San Fernando


In the city of San Fernando (Cádiz), Navantia has opened its Navantia Training Centre (NTC), which will be a key asset for the company in its pursuit of excellence and a leading Training Centre in the Naval Industry.


The NTC will host both internal and external activities. Three main lines of in-house activities are planned for the NTC:training programmes for ship crews; training and coaching for Navantia personnel; and exclusive events such as Conferences, Seminars, technological events, exhibitions, team boosters, internal communication events, Marketing 4.0 and Commercial Intelligence activities, Corporate Social Responsibility activities, etc.


Thus, the Centre will project the company's image both inside and outside Spain, allowing the development of training programmes and other activities for the Naval and Defence Industry. As a company that provides Integral Solutions, with the NTC, Navantia will be able to offer an  added value service to the international Navies. The Centre was formally inaugurated on the 3rd of May by the Chairman of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez, and the Mayoress of San Fernando, Patricia Cavada.


The Centre has put in place Navantia's largest training programme in its history, which is intended for the crews of the Corvettes for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RNSF), currently under construction at the Bahía de Cádiz Shipyard. Over two years, a total of 670 people will be trained in this Centre, belonging to the different groups of apprentices - five Crews, Repair Facility Maintainers, Instructors and Engineers.


Moreover, the NTC started its activities in the technological field on May 12th, hosting a Conference on Unmanned Vehicles Applications in the Naval and Offshore Sector organized by the Cadiz Naval Maritime Cluster, with CATEC (Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies) and with the collaboration of the Cadiz Province Council.


The NTC is located in the 'El Barco' building thanks to a collaboration agreement between the San Fernando City Council and Navantia, which has been refurbished into a Training Centre with State-of-the-Art Equipment.


In its 4,000 square metres, it houses 17 Classrooms, several Navantis Series Simulator Classrooms (including the Navantis Avatar Immersion Tool), a Welding Simulator Classroom, five Avatar System Classrooms, a VR/AR room, a Conference room, a multi-purpose room, different meeting rooms, a canteen and a number of agile spaces.


This NTC building is the first Navantia building to incorporate the new "open space" corporate workspace design throughout the entire surface area. In addition, the Training Centre is equipped with a powerful Integrated Audiovisual System that provides, in addition to other features, full connectivity for e-learning.


“This NTC is entirely integrated in Navantia's Strategic Plan. It is designed to be a key element for the training of our personnel and a centre of attraction for future training services programmes with national and foreign clients”, explained the Navantia Chairman Ricardo Domínguez.


The Spanish Shipbuilder Navantia is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological State-of-the-Art Warships 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 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.