Agosta-class submarine

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French submarine Ouessant at Brest in 2005
French submarine Ouessant in Brest in 2005
Class overview
Operators:  French Navy (Former)
 Spanish Navy
Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Preceded by: Daphné-class submarine
Succeeded by: Scorpène-class submarine
S-80-class submarine
In commission: 1977 - Active in service in Spain and Pakistan
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,500 long tons (1,524 t) surfaced
1,760 long tons (1,788 t) submerged (France, Spain)
2,050 long tons (2,083 t) submerged (Pakistan)
Length: 67 m (219 ft 10 in) (France, Spain)
76 m (249 ft 4 in) (Pakistan)
Beam: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
20.5 knots (38.0 km/h; 23.6 mph) submerged
10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph) submerged (snort)
Test depth: 300 m (980 ft) (France, Spain)
350 m (1,150 ft) (Pakistan)
Complement: 5 officers
36 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Thomson CSF DRUA 33 Radar
Thomson Sintra DSUV 22
DUUA 2D Sonar
DUUA 1D Sonar
DUUX 2 Sonar
DSUV 62A towed array
Armament: • SM 39 Exocet
• 4 × 533 mm (21 in) bow torpedo tubes
• ECAN L5 Mod 3 & ECAN F17 Mod 2 torpedoes

The Agosta-class submarines are French diesel attack submarines (SSKs) used by Spain, Pakistan and formerly by France. The French Navy grouped this model of submarine in their most capable class as an océanique, meaning "ocean-going." A modernised version built for Pakistan, the Agosta 90B, has a crew of 36 plus 5 officers and can be equipped with the MESMA air-independent propulsion (AIP) system.

Ships[edit]

French Navy[edit]

built by Arsenal de Cherbourg

  • Agosta (S 620) - completed 1977 - decommissioned 1997
  • Bévéziers (S 621) - completed 1977 - decommissioned 1998
  • La Praya (S 622) - completed 1978 - decommissioned 2000
  • Ouessant (S 623) - completed 1978 - decommissioned 2001

Spanish Navy[edit]

built by Cartagena dockyard

  • Galerna (S 71) - completed 1983 - in service
  • Siroco (S 72) - completed 1983 - decommissioned 2012
  • Mistral (S 73) - completed 1985 - in service
  • Tramontana (S 74) - completed 1985 - in service

Pakistan Navy[edit]

Two Agosta-class submarines originally destined for the South African Navy were cancelled following the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 418 in 1977. Built by AC Dubigeon, they were eventually sold to the Pakistan Navy.[citation needed]

The Agosta 90B, also known as the Khalid-class, is a modernised design built for the Pakistan Navy. Various modifications give lower acoustic signature, lower diving depth, improved battery range and performance. Greater automation also allows the crew to be reduced from 54 to 36. The submarine can be armed with up to 16 torpedoes and SM39 Exocet anti-ship missiles.[1] The SM39 was test-fired from a Khalid-class submarine in 2001.[2]

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