Israel purchases sixth submarine from Germany (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN, REUTERS 03/21/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed a contract for the purchase of a
sixth submarine for Israel´s navy on Wednesday in Berlin. Wolf
Rudiger, state secretary of the ministry of defense, signed for
During the signing ceremony, Barak said that the new submarine would
act as a "force multiplier" for the IDF, and assist it in dealing
with growing security challenges.
"The agreement is an expression of the depth of relations with
Germany, and the German government´s commitment to the security of
the state of Israel," Barak added.
"The Navy has in recent years undergone strategic changes that place
it at the forefront of the battle for Israel´s security, and as the
IDF´s long arm," the defense minister said.
Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Shani also attended the
Israel operates three German-built Dolphin submarines, manufactured
by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), a unit of ThyssenKrupp Marine
Systems, and expects delivery of two more shortly. The vessels are
considered a vanguard against foes like Iran.
Israel´s purchase of a sixth submarine had been widely expected,
although discussions over the degree of Germany´s contribution drew
out the process.
"A further boat will be delivered to Israel and there will be
financial help. It is part of the budget and is therefore a public
action," de Maiziere said.
Germany´s state budget for 2012 foresees spending of 135 million
euros for "defense systems for Israel", 70 million euros of which
will fall this year.
Germany delivered the first three submarines between 1999-2000, two
of which it paid for outright. In 2005 Germany struck a deal with
Israel on another two submarines, this time paying a contribution of
333 million euros for both, amounting to about a third of the cost.
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