Israel Shipyards has developed a new corvette designated the S-80 class. The S-80 is a derivative of the earlier SA’AR S-72 design, which has so far been used for the Israeli Navy’s RESHEF class missile boats. The new S-80 corvette is intended to be a multi-role vessel and compared to the earlier S-72 design it features greater capacity for payload, weapon systems and broader electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, along with greater range and endurance.
The vessel is 80 metres long, powered by four diesel engines and two shaft lines, providing a maximum speed of over 28 knots, and is equipped with a variable-pitch propeller system. The S-80 can be operated as a corvette or as an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) version, depending on user requirement.