Israel’s Sub Force expanding, Modernizing.

Now that the protest circus has left town (see here), it’s back to Submarines and ASW around these parts.

Looks like the Israeli Navy is taking a cue from Obama’s demands for US Military Budget cuts and further expanding her submarine force and capabilities. Wise move.  Once President Carter, er Obama gets done hacking away at our defense capabilities, it will be awhile before anyone else will be able to depend upon our assistance in maritime matters.

From The Jerusalem Post

Germany has pledged to build a new submarine for the navy, paving the way for a deal that will boost Israel’s strategic long-arm capabilities in the face of Iran’s continued race toward nuclear power.

Talks on the deal for the Dolphin-class sub stalled last year after the Germans declined to underwrite it, as they had done with previous purchases. The vessel will cost between $500 million and $700m. The submarines are considered Israel’s most sophisticated and strategic weapon.

Worth noting:

According to foreign reports, Israel’s submarines have a second-strike capability and carry cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads.  (bold italics by your host)

That last part is certainly included to add a little bit spice and understanding to their neighbors, especially those undergoing some family squabbles, as it were.

Israel will be getting an updated Dolphin-class (U-212) conventional boat.  These are produced by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW).  The Dolphin boats are the single  most expensive platform used by the Israel Defense Forces and are considered by many to be among the most sophisticated and capable conventional submarines in the world.

This new boat will be an upgraded version of the  Dolphin, and features an Air-independent propulsion system, similar to the one used on German Type 212 submarines.

I’ve been onboard the Conventional Submarine bandwagon for many years. Although our blue-water requirements demand we have a large and efficient nuclear submarine fleet, it would be a solid and prudent investment for these United States to build a 24-boat class similar to the Dolphin, or even consider building them under license here.  We could use the jobs, and we could damned well use their capabilities for littoral work along our own coastline.

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1 Response to “Israel’s Sub Force expanding, Modernizing.”

  1. June 9, 2011 at 02:02

    It is vital fir Israel to expand it’s submarine fleet. Everybody should know that never ever again Jewish blood will be ever lost with impunity.
    Even Russia and China should know, that if Israel goes down because of them, they can be hit from the sea with nuclear warheads and pay the price for their support of Israel’s haters.
    I only hope that Israel would not hesitate to strike, if it’s existence is threatens. Obama will sell them as he sold Mubarak, and as Roosevelt pretended that he did not know about the Holocaust.

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