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Israel Replaces Ageing Dolphines

Israel Replaces Ageing Dolphines 19 November, 2016

The Office of Israeli Prime Minister and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that Israel will buy three more submarines from Germany to replace the first three Dolphin-class submarines. New submarines will be more advanced than the first three as they were delivered in 1990s and are fitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems. IDF spokesman Brigadier General Moti Almoz said in a statement that the decision to replace the three older Dolphins was taken following a recent cabinet meeting, during which the need to modernise Israel's submarine fleet was raised, and that the replacements would be delivered in more than a decade's time. The National Security Council (NSC), a part of the Prime Minister's Office, released a statement saying an agreement is now in place with the German government regarding the submarine order. It said this was reached after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to finalise the terms of the deal and joint preparation work was carried out by government agencies.  Israel ordered another two submarines from the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel in 2006 and a sixth in 2011. The second of this batch arrived in Israel earlier this year and the third is expected to arrive in 2019.

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