Monday, 14 December 2015 11:00
The Dolphin class boats are the most expensive single vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces and are considered among the most sophisticated and capable conventionally powered submarines in the world
Tel Aviv is expected to receive a German submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the fifth German submarine to be delivered to Israel this year, Radio Israel reported.
Worth $400 million, the German submarine is the most advanced and expensive of its kind.
Radio Israel added that the Haifa-bound submarine will leave the German port of Kiel in the coming few days. The Israeli Navy is expected to receive its sixth submarine by 2019.
In September, Israel received its fourth German submarine, worth €600 million ($657.28 million). The plan has been for Israel to receive six German made Dolphin-class submarines, each 68 metres long, with 10 torpedo tubes.
According to Israeli media, the Dolphin-class submarines can carry long-range nuclear heads and launch missiles, they are capable of remaining underwater for two weeks and evading monitoring devices.
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|Diving depth (operational)||350 m|
|Sea endurance||30 days|
|Dimensions and displacement|
|Surfaced displacement||1 640 tons|
|Submerged displacement||1 900 tons|
|Propulsion and speed|
|Surfaced speed||11 knots|
|Submerged speed||20 knots|
|Diesel engines||3 x 4 245 hp|
|Electric motors||1 x 3875 hp|
|Missiles||Triten SAM missiles|
|Torpedoes||6 x 533-mm and 4 x 650-mm bow tubes|