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Germany Reconsiders Sale of Submarines to Egypt After Israeli Request

September 13, 2012 10:30 am 7 comments

Type-209 submarine. Photo: wiki commons.

The planned sale of two German made attack submarines to Egypt is being reconsidered by the German government, according to Der Spiegel, after Israeli lobbying against the sale intensified in recent months.

In late November of 2011, Germany approved a deal that would send two Type-209 submarines to the Egyptian government, however, Israel began its efforts to stop the sale in early September.

According to the Der Spiegel report, Germany’s Federal Security Council would cancel the sale “if the Egyptian government pursues a policy hostile to Israel. That’s a personal promise [Angela] Merkel gave to Netanyahu.”

Earlier this year, Germany and Israel completed the sale of two Dolphin class submarines for the Israeli Navy.  This transaction led Germany to believe Israel would not object to the submarine deal with Egypt.

“Yet to be on the safe side, Merkel personally contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the November meeting of the Federal Security Council and told him about the planned deal,” Der Spiegel wrote. Israeli and German defense officials also discussed the deal. “It seemed as if it was a not-very-spectacular deal, certainly not a deal that could trouble German-Israeli relations.”


  • I am from Egypt & I don’t think that the Islamist will be in power by 2016 plus Israel have much more advanced tech. for example Israel have submarines that can stay under the water for three weeks & those subs are capable of firing Popeye Turbo SLCM & its range is about 1500 km, it can allegedly carry a 200 kg nuclear warhead. It is suspected that the stretched Popeye Turbo is the primary strategic second strike nuclear deterrent weapon which can be fired from the 650mm secondary torpedo tubes of the Israeli Dolphin class submarines now why we are not allowed to carry only anti-ship missile on those subs their main mission is to defend our territorial waters not to attack any country

    • Gee, do you think it might be related to the the fact that Egypt waited until the one day of the year, back in October of 1973, when half of Israel’s army would be tied up afflicting their souls and not fight back?
      Is it pure coincidence the name of the leader of the forty thieves is Ali Baba? You believe we’re stupid?

  • The € 920m contract was signed in the summer of 2011 by HDW, the submarine subsidiary of TKMS, and entered into force in December of the same year. The launchers for the sub-harpoon have been ordered. Delivery of the first submarine is scheduled in 2016.

    This deal has been approved by Washington which will supply both the launchers and the SINAVY Pem fuel cells (from Siemens Industry Inc), but Israel has not received the formal guarantee that the anti-ship missiles Harpoon will not be delivered. Hence the media-campaign of the last three weeks and the release by the Israeli Haaretz of the picture showing the German Minister for Foreign affairs in a private gay bar of Tel-Aviv…
    This sale must be replaced into a larger context: the domestic budgetary constraints have led the German Government to ease export regulations: hence the sale of 2 MEKO A200 in Algeria and the projects in Saudia Arabia and Qatar (Leopard 2A7 for domestic peacekeeping) and in Indonesia (103 Leopard 2A4 and 50 Marder 1A3).

  • Egypt is not safe right now..

  • Germany should sink this deal immediately as the Islamists would only enlarge the arsenal at their disposal. Egypt has already gone to the dogs.

  • I think it’s safe to say that these U-boats in the hands of the Islamic Brotherhood is a threat to Israel.
    And I still want to know who’s paying for them. Egypt is bankrupt.

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