Navantia takes part of FEINDEF21 as global partner



Navantia is taking part as a Global Partner in the second edition of the International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF), to be held in November 3rd-5th at IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid, Spain.

FEINDEF, the leading trade fair in the defence sector in Spain, aims to contribute to global security through innovation and international collaboration so that companies, institutions, universities and other organisations can share their knowledge.

At FEINDEF, Navantia will showcase its capabilities as a leading company within the defence sector, and as a strong partner to the Spanish Navy and Ministry of Defence. The S-80 submarine and the F-110 frigate as well as it widespread experience as an integrator of complex systems and smart solutions will be the main items in Navantia’ stand (E12&E17).

“Participating in FEINDEF means supporting the strategic sovereignty of our country and fostering the development of the defence industry. It means supporting innovation and creating qualified jobs”, said the president of Navantia, Mr. Ricardo Domínguez.

This event provides to Navantia the opportunity to display its main projects to more than 60 international delegations and to the general public.

S-80: Navantia’s most complex technological challenge. The S-80 series submarines for the Spanish Navy, under construction in Cartagena, will be among the most advanced conventional submarines in the world and will incorporate technologies that significantly increase its capabilities. One of its main features will be its atmosphere independent propulsion system (AIP). While most conventional submarines require daily snorkelling operations to recharge their diesel-powered batteries, (which makes them vulnerable to detection and attack), the AIP system minimises that threat. The system allows the submarine’s batteries to be recharged while underwater with a fuel cell that uses hydrogen produced by processing bioethanol and oxygen in order to generate electrical power. Therefore, the submarine can sail for weeks without getting to the surface. Furthermore, the fact that it does not have to transport hydrogen (since it is produced from the bioethanol) reduces dramatically the risks involved in handling such a volatile molecule, thus, making out of the S-80 a submarine with great autonomy and remarkable capacities.

Navantia’s stand will feature a detailed model of the S-80, manufactured with 3D printers belonging to Navantia’s Additive Manufacturing Centre (CEFAN) in Puerto Real (Cádiz). The model will be next to an interactive screen with explanatory videos for each of the ship’s main systems.

F-110: The main frigate programme for the Spanish Navy, a cutting-edge tech vessel to be built at the Ferrol shipyard. On one hand, the F-110 will convey innovations such as a ‘smart factory’ that automate processes and minimise errors (consequently, improving delivery times). On the other hand, from the construction stage till the end of the its life cycle, the F-110 integrates a Digital Twin: A key concept for Shipyard 4.0, which involves of a 3D virtual reality model of the physical vessel: As data feeds into the twin, it evolves to reflect how the physical product has been used and transformed, showing the environmental conditions to which it has been exposed. Like an avatar of the real product, the Digital Twin allows the user to monitor the condition in real time of the product from thousands of miles away. The Digital Twin can also provide new insights into the design, manufacture, operation and associated services, allowing the physical product environment to be intertwined with the virtual one through the application of technologies such as Cloud Computing, Machine Learning or the Internet of Things (IoT).

Navantia’s stand will showcase a scale model of the F-110 equipped with an VR application where the user will be able to interact with the operation of the various systems that make up the vessel: From the combined propulsion system to the anti-aircraft system, including the hangar, the outer deck for helicopter take-off and landing and, of course, the Digital Twin itself.

NAVANTIS training system: As part of its commitment to enhance technologies for crews training, Navantia has developed the NAVANTIS (Navantia Training Integrated System) family of simulators. It is a high-performance tool for training that the entire team can go directly on board from the Training Centre and navigate safely. NAVANTIS is already installed and operational at the Navantia Training Centre (NTC), the state-of-the-art facility located in San Fernando (Cádiz) with which the company is expanding its variety of services.

At FEINDEF, Navantia will have several simulators, including the Avatar ‘immersion tool’ of the Avante3000 corvette, and the navigation and SICP simulator of the LHD and the LCM launch. Here, visitors will be able to take the controls of different vessels, simulating real operational procedures.

CATIZ/SCOMBA combat system demonstrator: The Scomba combat system (called Catiz in its export version) is built on continuously evolving hardware, middleware and software and provides an open architecture that offers the user the capabilities of tactical scene compilation, sensor and weapon allocation, force coordination, mission planning, decision support and integrated training.

In addition to the fact that it is a proven system, the flexibility of its design allows it to manage the complexity of integrating into existing systems during mid-life modernisations, providing the customer with new sensors and a new combat management system.

CATIZ/SCOMBA functional capabilities are adapted to the platform requirements covering both warship tasks (anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare, asymmetric warfare, mine warfare and air control) and peacetime operations (search and rescue, anti-piracy missions, territorial waters control, maritime security).

Visitors to the Navantia stand will be able to see this demonstrator which will help to understand the process involved in threat detection, classification and reaction and the technologies applied during these processes, such as artificial intelligence applied to image recognition. etc.

Catalogue of smart services: At FEINDEF Navantia will show for the first time a pilot of an interactive catalogue incorporating its smart services offer. It will also show a model of the Smart 4000 ship, printed by CEFAN, as an example of the application of these technologies to the design, and there will be live demonstrations of the remote assistance application, in which a user wearing augmented reality glasses can carry out maintenance work while receiving remote instructions from a specialised technician.

LPD modular design configurator: As an example of the revision and modernisation of existing designs, Navantia will present the redesign of the LPD ship applying modular design concepts at its stand. This modernisation is shown in the form of a configurator in which the user can select from different options to adapt the ship to their requirements without the need to completely modify the project, thus maintaining the advantages of working on an already proven design.

Navantia’s stand at FEINDEF will count on space for those companies which are currently collaborating on different projects with Navantia: Sami Navantia, SAES, SAINSEl, Telefónica and Correos.

Conferences and round tables: As sponsors, Navantia’s executives will give a series of talks and participate in various events and conferences which will take place throughout the Fair. There all the relevant topics in the current sector scenario will be discussed in detail. Navantia’s president, Mr. Ricardo Domínguez, will address the role of the defence industry as a builder of a secure future and a driver of progress. Navantia’s executives will talk about the European Patrol Corvette project, remotely operated systems, the digital twin, the 4E project, the supply chain in the defence sector, and the presence of women in the defence sector, among others.

Finally, Navantia will organise an event at its stand on each of the three days of the exhibition. These events will show, among other things, with the joint future of Navantia and the Spanish Navy, and Navantia new Centres of Excellence.

To access updated information on all these activities, as well as to arrange meeting appointments or request invitations to attend, Navantia has launched the following website:

For more information, visit  https://navantiafeindef.com/es/