Israel Buys Sixth German Submarine (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 03/21/12)
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Israel and Germany signed a contract purchasing a submarine
Wednesday. This will be the Israeli Navy´s sixth submarine. Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, Defense Ministry CEO, Maj. Gen. (res.) Udi Shani
and Secretary of State of the German Federal Defense Ministry, Wolf
Rudiger, attended the signing ceremony.
According to the IDF Website, Navy Commander, Maj. Gen. Ram Rothberg
referred to the purchase of the new submarine while speaking at the
naval officers´ graduation ceremony. "Strategically, especially
today, I am pleased with the approval and signing of a contract
purchasing the Navy´s sixth submarine, 54 years after submarines were
first put into use in the Israeli Navy. The strength of the IDF and
the State of Israel, and its operational flexibility, will grow
tenfold," said Maj. Gen. Rothberg.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that "the sixth submarine
multiplies the force and capability of the IDF and the State of
Israel in the face of the growing challenges. The agreement indicates
our cooperation with Germany and the German government´s obligation
to the security of Israel."
Barak stressed that "the Israeli Navy has been undergoing strategic
changes over the past few years, which place it at the helm of
Israel´s security and the extent of the IDF´s capabilities."
According to the deal struck between Israel and Germany, Germany will
finance a third of the submarine´s costs. Two of Israel´s other
Dolphins were paid for by Germany, while the third was half-funded by
Israel. Two more are under construction.
Dolphin subs are the most expensive single vehicle in the Israel
Defense Forces and are considered among the most sophisticated
conventional submarines in the world. Each submarine is armed with
torpedo tubes, which are also capable of firing Sub-Harpoon missiles.
The submarines are also able to deploy mines, and are reputed to be
able to carry nuclear-tipped Popeye missiles.
If Israel suspects that Iran is about to attack it, it could use the
submarines to threaten Iran with a devastating counterstrike launched
from the waters that surround it. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/21/12)
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