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May 3, 2012 2:02 pm

Israeli Navy Gets Boost From Advanced German Submarine

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German made INS Dolphin. Photo: wiki commons.

After arriving in Germany on Wednesday, an Israeli delegation has officially taken ownership of the Tanin submarine, which will “amplify the capabilities of the IDF and the State of Israel’s strength”, according to Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defense Minister.

The German built submarine is expected to reach Israeli shores next year, according to a statement from the IDF, and will become the fourth submarine in Israel’s arsenal.

“The Navy has undergone strategic changes over the past few years that place it at the forefront of the battle over the safety of Israel, as the long arm of the IDF. The agreement reflects the strong relations with Germany and the German government’s commitment to Israeli security,” Barak stated.

Two additional German built submarines have been ordered by the Israeli government, with the first of the two scheduled to be under Israeli control in 2015 and the second in 2017.

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  • Seth Lefkow

    True, Germany built the subs, but to Israeli specifications. Navies of the world were surprised to see what innovations could be packed into such a small “boat”.

    When the U.S. decided to sell Israel F-16s ( I hope I have the number correct), Israel dictated modifications and the F-16I, “I” for Israel, was built.

  • saidi

    IT’S OK TO GIVE GERMAN TECHNOLOGY A COMPLIMENT. WHEN MY GRANDFATHER RETURNED FROM FIGHTING IN WWII ALL HE WANTED WAS A MERCEDES BENZ. MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM “UNLESS YOU LIVE IN ISRAEL YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE”.

    HE AND HIS UNIT HAD CAPTURED MANY MERCEDES VEHICLES DURING THE WAR AND THE TECHNOLOGY WAS EXCELLENT, UNFORTUNATELY, SO WAS THEIR GENOCIDE.

  • NEIL

    ISRAEL HAD AT LEAST 3RD STRIKE CAPABILITIES EVEN BEFORE THE GERMAN BUILD SUBMARINES WERE ADDED TO THE IDF!!! AM YISRAEL CHAI!!!!!!!!!

  • NEIL

    ISRAEL HAD AT LEAST 3RD STRIKE CAPABILITIES EVEN BEFORE THE GERMAN BUILD SUBMARINES WERE ADDED!!!! AM YISRAEL CHAI!!!!

  • Michael Fedak

    A great addition to Israel’s nuclear deterrent and it’s second strike capability.
    Four subs will now allow continuous deployment of at least two at combat readiness.

  • HY GERSHON

    WHAT IRONY AND POETIC JUSTICE! GERMANY IS ISRAEL’S BEST FRIEND!IT IS ISAIAH’S PROPHECY FULFILLED!

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