Sa'ar 6-class corvette

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The Sa'ar 6-class corvette is a class of four warships ordered for the Israeli Navy in May 2015. The ships' design will be loosely based on the German Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering changes to render the baseline platform more militarily robust.[1]

All four vessels will be constructed in Germany in a joint project by German Naval Yards Holdings and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The first of the class is scheduled to enter service in 2019.[2] Construction cost is estimated at NIS 1.8 billion Israeli new shekel (NIS) or roughly 430-million Euro ($480-million).[3] Israel will pay for two thirds of the cost and the German Government will subsidize a third of the corvettes' construction costs, as with the Dolphin class submarines.[4]

One of their roles will be to protect natural gas platforms in the Mediterranean sea against possible sea-borne or rocket threats.[3] The Lebanese Hezbollah group alleges that Israel's gas fields lie in Palestinian waters. It has threatened to target Israeli gas platforms.[5]

The Sa'ar 6 has a displacement of 2,000 tons and is 90 m (300 ft) long. It is armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 32 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, the C-Dome point defense system, 16 anti-ship missiles, the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar, and two 324 mm torpedo launchers. It has hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium class SH-60-type helicopter.[6]

External links

  • Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff (December 16, 2014). "Germany says it will help finance four new Israeli warships". Israel Hayom. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  • LAPPIN, YAAKOV (May 26, 2016). "How navy engineers made the next missile ship stealthy". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 

References

  1. ^ "Israeli Navy Marks Milestones at German Shipyards", by Barbara Opall-Rome, August 4, 2016
  2. ^ Azulai, Yuval (11 May 2015). "Israel signs €430m deal for German patrol vessels". Globes. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Israel to arm warships with Iron Dome system to protect gas reserves at sea". i24news. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Zitun, Yoav (11 May 2015). "Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs". ynet. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Yaniv Kubovich, "Israel Assesses Hezbollah Can Now Strike Its Offshore Gas Platforms", Haaretz, 4 January 2018
  6. ^ Design of Future TKMS Built Saar 6 MEKO A100 Corvettes for Israeli Navy Unveiled - Navyrecognition.com, 23 August 2015


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