Israel to take delivery of 4th German submarine (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/03/12)
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A defense delegation arrived in Germany on Wednesday ahead of the
planned delivery of Israelís fourth Dolphin-class submarine, widely
rumored to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
Led by Defense Ministry director-general Udi Shani, the delegation
met with senior German defense officials and was scheduled to visit
the shipyard where the submarine is being built. It is expected to
arrive in Israel in the coming months.
Israelís submarines are the militaryís most expensive platform and
are often referred to as the countryís second-strike doomsday weapon
due to their reported ability to fire cruise missiles tipped with
The three Dolphin-class submarines in the navyís fleet are called
Dolphin, Leviathan and Tekuma and are believed to be some of the most
advanced diesel-electric submarines in the world.
Germany donated the first two submarines after the First Gulf War and
split the cost of the third with Israel. The three submarines
currently in the navyís possession employ a diesel-electric
propulsion system, which requires them to resurface frequently to
recharge their batteries.
The submarines under construction will be fitted with a new
propulsion system combining a conventional diesel lead-acid battery
system and an air-independent propulsion system used for slow, silent
cruising, with fuel cells for oxygen and hydrogen storage.
The submarine that will be delivered is one of two which Israel
ordered following the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
In March, Israel signed a contract for a sixth submarine, meaning
that by the end of the decade the navy will have doubled its fleet.
The German government heavily subsidized both recent deals. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/03/12)
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