It is a very small unit, with 20% less weight than the motor mounted on the Scorpene submarines, it has an extremely low acoustic signature, has twice the shock resistance and can supply the maximum power uninterruptedly.
Navantia’s Cartagena Shipyard has fitted the electric motor (MEP) to the S-81 Plus submarine, which forms part of the contract to construct four S-80 submarines, which are being built for the Spanish Navy.
This motor was developed by the company Cantarey, a subsidiary of the Spanish multinational Gamesa. It is an innovative design whose features include its very small size, with 20% less weight than the motor mounted on the Scorpene submarines, having an extremely low acoustic signature and twice the shock resistance, it can supply the maximum power uninterruptedly, which means a specific output that is 50% greater than other submarines operating in identical conditions.
Mounting this equipment in Section 1 of the first submarine in the series, was a major milestone at its outfitting stage. Throughout this month, different items of equipment and elements will be mounted on board, which will make it possible, when the time comes, to join the sections (close the submarine) and its subsequent launching.