With its first S 80 submarine on course for handing over to the Spanish Navy in 2022, Navantia says it will be pressing ahead with presenting a similar design for the Indian Navy.
In a statement released on 16 March, the engineering director for Navantia's Cartagena shipyard said the submarine is "a unique product in the international market for its size and capacity, thanks to its AIP [air-independent propulsion] system".
Currently, the first submarine in the series has passed the hull closure milestone, he said, and is scheduled to be floated out at the end of 2020, tested during 2021, and delivered to the Spanish Navy in 2022.
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