ANOTHER SUBMARINE FOR THE ISRAELI NAVY

Israeli officials in Germany to take delivery of fourth submarine

Fourth German Dolphin submarine expected to be delivered soon to Israel • Navy commander and Defense Ministry officials meet with German counterparts • Submarine reportedly equipped with cruise missiles to be fitted with nuclear warheads.

Capabilities and equipment installed on the German/Israeli Dolphin are classified

Fourth German Dolphin submarine expected to be delivered soon to Israel • Navy commander and Defense Ministry officials meet with German counterparts • Submarine reportedly equipped with cruise missiles to be fitted with nuclear warheads.

Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff

Israel Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg and senior Defense Ministry officials arrived in Germany on Wednesday in apparent preparation for delivery of Israel’s fourth Dolphin submarine.

German company Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems has been under contract with Israel since 2005 to build Israel’s fourth and fifth submarines, according to Defense News. Germany agreed to underwrite a third of the cost of the two new vessels.

According to foreign media sources, the German Dolphin submarines are equipped with cruise missiles fitted with nuclear warheads, which give Israel a “second-strike” capability should the Jewish state be attacked with weapons of mass destruction.

A month and a half ago, Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed an agreement for a sixth submarine, one third of which is to be financed by the German government.

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