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There's some good history of the early history on pp5-6 of this report going back to the origins of the S-80 in the 1980s - the original design (which became the Scorpène) was unveiled at Le Bourget Navale 1990. There's also an article from Jane's in December 2007 which has a lot of detail on the history and design - this article needs a complete rewrite and that Jane's piece would be a very good place to start. I would also suggest that the article makes a better distinction between the S-80 (the original 6.2m-diameter design derived from the Scorpène) and the revised 7.3m-diameter, 2,430tonne S-80A design that Navantia claims is completely new and nothing to do with the Scorpène. I know that in the English media, S-80 is often used as a WP:COMMONNAME - I can respect that and am not completely opposed to it, but I think more liberal use of S-80A would help clarify the relationship between the two designs.Le Deluge (talk) 12:18, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
I sugest editing the text that states "a weight unbalance that renders the sub unable to resurface after diving" .. the overweight problems doesnt make the submarine sink like a stone..it still could sail.. but it seriously compromises its boyancy reserve wich is still a grave problem and makes it unfit for service until the problem is solved.. but the 2 articles cited are senationalist media.. the sub will not sink but it cant operate in the current conditions. the article should mention the overweight unbalance issue but not sensationalist media made jokes like that it cant even float.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:20, 28 May 2013 (UTC)