A third of the cost of the new sub will be covered by Germany as part of its military aid to Israel
Germany has shipped a fifth Dolphin-class submarine to the Israel Navy on Thursday, a senior Israel Naval official said.
The INS Rahav, which cost the Israel Navy two billion dollars, was first unveiled in a ceremony in April 2013 in Kiel, Germany. After the unveiling, the submarine underwent a year and a half of work to make it operational.
A navy official told the Israeli news site the Times of Israel that “the fifth submarine greatly enhances the Israel Navy’s submarine flotilla and provides us with another state-of-the-art tool to aid and defend Israel against numerous threats.”
The INS Rahav, which is more than 220 feet long and weighs over 2,000 tons, will house a crew of approximately 50 sailors, the naval official said.
The most important feature to the new submarine is the air-independent propulsion (AIP) system that allows the submarine to remain completely underwater for weeks at a time and enhances the vessel’s stealth capabilities.
The Israeli naval officer added that Israel’s newest submarine will carry state-of-the-art surveillance systems which will be able to track other ships as well as satellite communications to be use for electronic warfare.
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