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The Sa'ar 6-class corvette is a class of four German-made warships ordered for the Israeli Navy in May 2015. The ships' design will be loosely based on the German Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering changes to accommodating Israeli-built sensors and missiles such as the Barak 8[1] and the naval Iron Dome system. Elbit Systems has been awarded the contract to design and build the Electronic Warfare (EW) suites for the ships.[2]

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Scale model of the Sa'ar 6
Class overview
Name: Sa'ar 6 class
Operators:  Israeli Navy
Preceded by: Sa'ar 5 class
Planned: 4
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 2,000 long tons (2,000 t)
Length: 90 m (295 ft 3 in)
Sensors and
processing systems:
EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar
Armament:

All four vessels will be constructed in Germany in a joint project by German Naval Yards Holdings and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The first of the class is scheduled to get delivered in 2019.[3] Construction cost is estimated at NIS 1.8 billion Israeli new shekel (NIS) or roughly 430-million Euro ($480-million).[4] Israel will pay for two thirds of the cost and the German Government will subsidize a third of the corvettes' construction costs, as with the Dolphin-class submarines.[5]

One of their roles will be to protect natural gas platforms in the Mediterranean Sea against possible sea-borne or rocket threats.[4] The Lebanese Hezbollah group alleges that Israel's gas fields lie in Palestinian waters. It has threatened to target Israeli gas platforms.[6]

The Sa'ar 6 has a displacement of 2,000 tons and is 90 m (295 ft 3 in) long. It is armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 32 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, the C-Dome point defense system, 16 anti-ship missiles, the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar, and two 324 mm torpedo launchers. It has hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium class SH-60-type helicopter.[7]

In 2018, it was announced that the first female recruits had been selected to serve on the ships.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Opall-Rome, Barbara (August 4, 2016), "Israeli Navy Marks Milestones at German Shipyards", Defense news.
  2. ^ "Elbit Systems to supply EW suites for the Israeli Navy Sa'ar 6-class corvettes] Aug 7, 2018", Defence (blog).
  3. ^ Azulai, Yuval (11 May 2015). "Israel signs €430m deal for German patrol vessels". Globes. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Israel to arm warships with Iron Dome system to protect gas reserves at sea". i24news. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. ^ Zitun, Yoav (11 May 2015). "Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs". ynet. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ Yaniv Kubovich, "Israel Assesses Hezbollah Can Now Strike Its Offshore Gas Platforms", Haaretz, 4 January 2018
  7. ^ "Design of Future TKMS Built Saar 6 MEKO A100 Corvettes for Israeli Navy Unveiled", Navy recognition, 23 August 2015.
  8. ^ AHRONHEIM, Anna (November 28, 2018), "First six female recruits enlist to serve on Navy's new Sa'ar 6 missile ships", The Jerusalem Post.

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