Government Approves Subsidized Sale of Another Dolphin-Type Submarine to IsraelA senior German official says the government has approved the subsidized sale of another Dolphin-type military submarine to Israel.The official says Germany has set aside €135 million ($180 million) in next year’s budget to pay for about a third of its cost. Dolphin-class submarines are capable of carrying nuclear-tipped missiles, but there is no evidence that Israel has armed them with such weapons.Israel already has three Dolphin submarines from Germany — one half-funded and two entirely funded by Berlin, a staunch Israeli ally.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Wednesday a 2005 agreement between the two nations included an option for another subsidized submarine which was now activated at Israel’s request.By JUERGEN BAETZ (abcnews)
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The Israel Navy is upgrading its entire combat fleet with new German-built, Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes and the integration of new radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems in existing Sa'ar-5 and Sa'ar 4,5 ships. (...) [The Israel-German corvette deal] allows Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems for the German-built ships, which are Israeli-tailored versions of the 1,800 ton displacement Blohm+Voss-class 130 corvette. (..) Navy modernization plans call for upgrading the smaller Sa'ar 4.5s with the ELM-2258 ALPHA, an advanced lightweight rotating and scanned phased array radar that will enhance performance of the platform's Barak-1 ship defense system. (..)
TEL AVIV — The Israeli Navy is taking to heart that familiar saying: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.Following Hezbollah’s surprise C-802 shore-to-ship missile attack in the 2006 Lebanon War and Israel's failure to intercept Hamas frogmen before they reached the country's southern shore during the 2014 Gaza war, the service is taking no chances. Next time, Israeli officers say, the Navy will be ready for the next big challenge: small, stealthy narco-submarines.“In the maritime world, subsurface threats are multiplying. Many are garage technology submarines that drug lords have built in their backyards. Others are much more sophisticated," said Rear Adm. Yossi Ashkenazi, head of the Israeli Navy’s Materiel Command. "If criminals can deliver 10 tons of drugs over long distances undetected, terrorists can do the same with weaponry."