Israel signs MoU to purchase Dolphin-class submarines from Germany

25 October 2017 (Last Updated November 7th, 2017 07:43)

Israel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to the purchase of additional Dolphin-class submarines from Germany.

Israel signs MoU to purchase Dolphin-class submarines from Germany
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: GPO / Amos Ben Gershom.

Israel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to the purchase of additional Dolphin-class submarines from Germany.

Commenting on the MoU, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The MoU is strategically important to the security of Israel.

“Its signing reflects the commitment of Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel to the security of Israel and the deep cooperation between the two countries.”

The MoU also outlines details of financial support for the purchase.

Israel is set to purchase three new Dolphin-class submarines from German firm ThyssenKrupp for $2.3bn, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The new submarines are expected enter into service from 2027, Deutsche Welle reported.

Israel has previously ordered six submarines from Germany over the past 20 years.

“The signing reflects the commitment of Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel to the security of Israel and the deep cooperation between the two countries.”

Dolphin-class submarines have the capacity to carry up to 16 surface-to-surface missiles or torpedoes.

The submarines are equipped with ten bow torpedo tubes, including four 650mm-diameter units that provide the capability to launch swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs).

The submarines can also be armed with mines and feature a wet and dry compartment for deploying underwater swimmers.

Additionally, the Dolphin-class submarine’s radar warning receiver is the 4CH(V)2 Timnex electronic support measures system, which is able to receive, identify, display and record radar signal parameters.