It will take around 18 months for Israel to complete installing the latest technologies and weapons systems, 90% of which are uniquely Israeli-made, on the INS Magen, the newest and most technologically advanced Sa’ar 6 class corvette missile ship.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
At the conclusion of a long process of construction and extensive preparation in Germany, the new Saar 6 warship will run up the Israeli flag on Wednesday as it is officially transferred to the Israeli navy. It will then set out on a journey that will end with its renaming as INS Magen in its new home in the Haifa base. Continue Reading »
Since the newest Sa’ar 6 missile corvettes will have to deal with Hezbollah’s radar-guided shore-to-sea missiles, engineers redesigned it with a low radar signature.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
When German engineers from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, who are building Israel’s next-generation Sa’ar-6 class missile corvette, showed Israel Navy engineers the first blueprints for the strategically vital vessel, the Israelis realized there was a problem.
Israel IDF Navy anti-missile systems Eilat Class Sa’ar Corvette with helicopter on helipad
The plans outlined a ship based on Germany’s own sea platforms, and was similar in design. Yet Israel must deal with a far more challenging environment, in which Hezbollah is stockpiling radar-guided shore-to-sea missiles that can target the navy, offshore gas drilling rigs in the Mediterranean and strategically vital sites, such as civilian sea ports – just the type of threat the Sa’ar-6 will be designed to counter. Continue Reading »
According to the Israeli plan, the electrical systems and the hull of the German-made corvette warships will be built at the shipyard, while the combat systems will be installed once the ships are delivered, by 2020.
Israel has huge and mostly untapped gas fields that cover some 23,000 square km (9,000 square miles) of sea — more than Israel’s territory on land.
Israeli planners see possible sea-borne or rocket threats to gas facilities from Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, making expanding the naval presence a priority for them.
Leviathan gas field in Israel – Photo: AFP
Israel’s navy chief, Admiral Ram Rotberg, said in a separate statement that the corvettes would be classed as “Saar 6″ missile boats — suggesting a major improvement in capabilities. Continue Reading »