Israeli Navy Receives Two German Dolphin Submarines


The Israeli Navy has received two U212 Dolphin Class submarines ordered from Germany in 2005.

The new Dolphin Class submarines are a non-nuclear class developed and constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW), Germany specifically for the Israeli Navy.

The U212s are capable of carrying 35 crew members and up to 16 surface-to-surface missiles or torpedoes, each of which can deliver a 227kg warhead over a range of 130km at high subsonic speed.

The submarines have a range of 4,500km and are capable of launching nuclear warheads.

With the two new submarines, the Israeli Navy has a total of five German submarines.

Two Dolphin Class submarines were donated to Israel by Germany shortly after the 1991 Gulf War, replacing the Israeli Navy's aging Gal Class submarines.