The official handover ceremony for the INS ?? corvette took place in the facilities of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in Kiel on November 11th. Stomach ?? instead of. to the Israeli Navy. It is the first of four SA class corvettes ?? AR 6, which were ordered from the German shipbuilder in 2015.
After the design phase, the construction phase began with the steel cutting ceremony of the first of the four in February 2018 and only fifteen months later the corvette was started and christened at the Kiel shipyard in May of last year. Shipments of the other three (Israel Navy Ship’s INS, “Oz”, “Independence” and “Victory”) will be several months apart, with shipments expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
As you can see in the pictures, the corvettes are not ready yet. This is because when they arrive in Israel they are equipped with sensors, weapons or combat systems that are provided by Israeli companies under the terms of the governments of both countries. Of the value of the program, around 430 million euros, as we announced in May 2015, the federal government will contribute 115 after it has agreed that TKMS will in turn order Israeli manufacturing systems worth 160 million euros as industrial compensation.
For example, Elbit Systems will supply $ 85 million worth of electronic warfare systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will supply Barak-8 air defense systems. These ships are destined to become the main ships of the Israel Navy in terms of characteristics and performance. They are based on the design of the Meko 130 corvettes from Blohm + Voss, which they position halfway between them and the OPVs (Offshore Patrol Vessel) and particularly emphasize the unity of their weapon systems, as is common on ships. Israelis. The Meko 130 combines the characteristics of a corvette and an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), thus offering the armament capacity of the former and the economy of the latter.
With a displacement of 1,900 tons and a length of 90 meters, they will be heavily armed with air defense systems such as Israel Aerospace Industries’ Barak 8, Rafael’s C-dome defense system. The Israeli Defense Ministry director general, retired Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, valued this acquisition in terms of unprecedented defense capabilities to protect Israeli strategic resources remote from the Israeli coast. Thanks to their autonomy of 4,500 nautical miles at 14 knots, a top speed of 26 knots and a speed of 12 knots to save fuel, they can carry out two-week missions. Israel was looking for this type of ship to protect those areas of the Eastern Mediterranean where gas was found and for which Israel has allocated significant financial and technical resources to keep them safe.
In addition to the functions mentioned above, the Sa ?? ar-6 via a 76mm Leonardo Super Rapid cannon, two Rafael Typhoon remote-controlled weapon stations and two 324mm torpedo launchers. Caliber, capacity to operate a medium-sized Seahawk helicopter. Also included are launchers for 16 anti-ship missiles, possibly the latest version by Gabriel from IAI.
They will be equipped with the active scanning radar system EL / M-2248 MF-STAR (multifunction surveillance, tracking and guidance radar) of the IAI division Elta, a system with air and surface detection capacity that functions as a weapon guidance system. (José Mª Navarro García)
Photos: INS Magen during the award ceremony (Israel Navy)
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