Germany And Israel In New Nuclear Submarines' Joint Venture ...
The following headline is from Tuesday's online edition of the Jerusalem Post -- as is the illustration.
Exclusive: Israel buys 2 German subs
Further reading of the report revealed the following.
In the face of Iran's race to obtain nuclear power, Israel signed a contract with Germany last month to buy two Dolphin-class submarines that will, according to foreign reports, provide superior second-strike nuclear capabilities, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
The submarines will be assembled in Germany and provided with a propulsion system allowing them to remain underwater for far longer than the submarines currently in the Israel Navy's fleet.
In 1993, Iran bought two Russian Kilo-class submarines and eight mini-submarines from North Korea, although officials said this was not the only reason the system was being considered. In 2005, Israel spotted a Western submarine snooping off its shore.Elsewhere in the piece we found this -- which was also news to us.
Continuing to read, we came across this.
The navy already has three Dolphin-class submarines. They are the most expensive weapon platforms in the IDF's arsenal. Germany donated the first two submarines after the first Gulf War and split the cost of the third with Israel.
The submarines will also incorporate specifications gleaned from Israeli experience. The Dolphins currently in the navy's fleet were tailor-made for Israel's needs and reportedly have considerable operational capability.Germans and Jews in joint monetary and military ventures, eh? And apparently have been for quite some time.
They are designed for a crew of 35 and can support 10 passengers. They have a maximum speed of 20 knots, a range of 4,500 kilometers and, according to Jane's Defense Weekly, the capability to launch cruise missiles carrying nuclear warheads.
It's a weird old world we're living in, ain't it?
Still, we suppose it's just as the old saying says -- stranger things happen at sea.
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