Israel requests two German MEKO A-100 Corvette (Frigate) Updated

Posted: October 27, 2009 in Iran proxy war, Iran terror State, Israel, National Security, News, Nuclear threat
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clipped from www2.debka.com

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the two corvettes are needed to meet the build-up of Iranian submarines and Syria warships in the Mediterranean Sea and defend coastal infrastructure facilities such as power stations and naval bases which Israel intelligence fears will be at risk in a regional war.

The German corvette is a 2,200-tonner, 91 meters long and 13.4 meters wide. It carries a crew of 94, a medium-sized helicopter on its deck and 24 weapons systems – 16 sea-to-shore and 8 ship-to-ship launchers adapted to US-made missiles, as well as missile defenses and automatic cannons. It has a range of 7,400 kilometers and maximum speed of 30 knots. The corvette’s great advantages for the Israeli navy are its formidable firepower and advanced radar-evading capabilities, making it extremely hard to spot by shore- or ship-based radar.

The Israeli navy has dropped plans to purchase U.S. made warships and instead is exploring the possibility of a home-grown military shipbuilding industry, according to the website of Defense News.

Instead, the ministry is now considering building two ships based on the German Meko A-100 corvette at the Israel Shipyards in Haifa, where the project would give a much-needed shot in the arm to the economy.

In addition, the navy is examining how a part of annual U.S. foreign military financing to Israel could be used to fund the project. Israel used part of those funds to finance the locally produced Merkava battle tank, which incorporates raw materials and an engine produced in the U.S.

Arutz Sheva

Update:

The timing for a turn toward the Korean peninsula has never been better. South Korea’s shipbuilding industry is one of the most advanced in the world and well suited to custom tailoring the sort of ships Israel needs. Moreover, the Korean vessels will be far cheaper than anything the U.S. would sell, even taking into account U.S. financial assistance, and are far more flexible in allowing joint-industrial partnering than would be possible with the more rigid German ships.

Read more here: HAARETZ

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