Italian Shipbuilder Fincantieri has unveiled a scaled down version of its S1000 submarine. A smaller ‘light’ sub it has been designated as the S800. 51 meters (167 feet) in length and 10 meters (32 feet) in height, with a designed operational depth as much as 250 meters (820 feet) Designed for littoral (coastal) waters which has caught the attention of Gulf region customers where Arab states have been expanding their naval forces in response to increasing tension with Iran.
The proposed design would yield a boat with air-independent propulsion (AIP) system, most likely an unconfirmed Li battery. It would support a crew of 18 for 7 days and provide a submerged speed of 15 knots (17 miles per hour).
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