Navy´s new super-sub revealed (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Udi Etsion Published: 02.22.12, 21:03)
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Foreign media say Israel´s navy ready to test advanced, German-made
submarine said to be virtually undetectable by radar, able to launch
Israel´s "doomsday weapon" revealed? The Navy will soon begin its
test-deployment of Israel´s new super-submarine, Yedioth Ahronoth
The report quoted various foreign newspapers as saying that the new
Dolphin-Class submarine´s systems will enable it to spends prolonged
periods of time at sea and fire nuclear missiles.
The submarine, names the "INS Tannin," is also said to be equipped
with special diesel and hydrogen conversion systems that will allow
it to produce its own fuel; as well as with a stealth system making
its acoustic signature virtually undetectable by radar.
The INS Tannin ("Alligator") is the namesake of the Israel Navy´s
first ever S-Class submarine, which was retired from active duty in
According to German media, the Tannin – which will be supplied by the
end of 2012 – is the first of three super-submarine slated to
eventually be deployed by the Navy. A second super-sub – the INS
Rahav ("Splendor") will arrive in 2014 and the third, which has yet
to be named, by 2015.
Germany´s Kieler Nachrichten newspaper said that the super-sub is the
biggest and most advanced underwater vessel to be constructed in
Germany since World War II.
It has also been acquired by the German and Italian naval forces.
The boatyard where the submarine is under construction is said to be
under heavy guard. A team of Israeli experts is on-site, assisting
their German counterparts. Daniel Batini contributed to this report
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/22/12)
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