IDF Launches New Submarine in Germany (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/03/12)
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The IDF on Thursday launched the fourth Dolphin-class submarine – the
INS Tanin [Crocodile] – to enter the service of Israel´s Navy.
The ceremony, held in the German shipyards at Kiel near Hamburg,
comes as Israel looks to built up its deterrent power on the seas.
Reports claim Israel has modified the Dolphin´s 650mm launch tubes to
allow the launch of missiles that could carry nuclear warheads. Such
missiles would feasibly give Israel – which maintains a policy of
nuclear ambiguity – a second-strike deterrent capability.
The new Dolphin also has state of the art systems propulsion systems,
and other technological improvements, that allow for underwater
operations of a longer duration than most of its competitors.
An IDF crew for the new submarine has already been trained at Israeli
and German facilities, which is now embarking on a series of
shakedown cruises to test the Dolphin´s systems. It is expected to
sail for Israel and be absorbed into operational service in early
The Dolphins, based on the German A212 submarine, weigh 1,900 tons
and equipped with ten launchers for torpedo missiles.
Israel has already purchased a a fifth Dolphin-class submarine at a
subsided rate from Berlin, and has an option for a sixth.
“This sixth submarine we are talking about is an option Israel will
have to decide on, as a continuation of the deal for building the
fourth and fifth submarines," a security official told Israel Defense.
"Its systems will enable us to stay underwater for two weeks without
surfacing, almost like a nuclear mini-submarine, without the noise
generated by a nuclear submarine that jeopardizes its survival.”
The purchase of additional, upgraded Dolphin-class submarines are a
part of Defense Minister Ehud Barak´s push for strategic systems that
would allow Israel to project force into the "third sphere" – the
Persian Gulf. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/03/12)
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