Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Israel takes early delivery of two additional cruise missile subs

Late this afternoon, Stratfor Research reported that Israel took early delivery of two additional attack submarines from Germany.

Israel has received two German U212 submarines ordered in 2005; delivery had been expected in 2010, Agence France-Presse reported Sept. 29, citing a military spokesman...

...The submarines can launch cruise missiles with nuclear warheads, is designed to have 35 crew members and has a 4,500 kilometer-range (2,800 miles). Israel now has five German submarines.

Among its many countermeasures and defensive weaponry features, the U212 is capable of launching IDAS missiles from its torpedo tubes; the IDAS is used to suppress ASW (anti-submarine) helicopters.

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