Israeli Naval waits for NEPTUN

By Peter Pospiech at March 19, 2013 11:22
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards

Three units will be built in Kiel – Each submarine costs around 300 Million EURO 

Submarines “Made in Germany” are also and thus heavily asked for from foreign countries. Also Israel is an important customer for the German defence technology. 

The new build of three submarines for the Israeli Naval runs forward with bounding strides in Kiel. 13 month after the type boat “TANIN” swam on March 11. also the “RAHAV”, the second boat of type “DOLPHIN AIP”, at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, TKMS (former HDW), and made its first short trip in the port of Kiel. “RAHAV” means translated “NEPTUN”.

The RAHAV during manufaturing in Kiel TKMS-Shipyard

This three at HDW ordered submarines of type “Dolphin AIP” are a further development of the 1998 til 2000 in Kiel and Emden build boats for the Israeli Naval. They now feature 68 meter in length and are increased to 2200 tons. The new boats feature additionally a fuel cells drive (AIP) for extremely long diving voyages. The first two new type boats are the “TANIN” and the “RAHAV”.  TANIN meanwhile is ready for intensive sea trails under severe conditions. This boat will be delivered to Israel beginning 2014. 

Technical detail information are limited because the shipyard keeps themselves pretty much covered. But it is known that there are some technical changes to the, at the same time, build submarine for the German Navy of class 212A. On the Israeli boats the very important diving rudder has not been mounted at the sail but instead at the bow. The x-rudder has been strengthened by a middle fin.

The Israeli Naval is part of the so called “Israel Defence Forces”. She has been established on March 17. 1948. Today this branch of military services include around 19.500 soldiers (status 2010), which means actives and reserves. The Israeli Naval features a comparatively large submarine element. Highspeed vessel dominating the surface naval vessels, which are also partly missile system carriers.


image: courtesy of TKMS

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