Israel and Germany sign official contract on purchase of patrol ships for Israel’s gas rigs

Patrol ships will defend Israel’s gas rigs and will be ready in four years times; Deal is second major purchase between Israel and Germany, four submarines purchased to arrive in September; Israel and Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations

Signing of contract in Tel Aviv Monday

Signing of contract in Tel Aviv Monday

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon signed a contract with Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Tel Aviv on Monday to complete the purchase of four German ships which will be used to protect Israel’s offshore gas rigs in what has been described by Israel’s Defense Minister’s Direct-General Dan Harel as a “dramatic jump in the navy’s defensive capabilities.”

The deal is the second major deal between Israel and Germany, the previous purchase of German-made submarines to arrive in Israel this coming September. The four INS Tanin, will hold what has been referred to as “second strike” force- a defense system in the event of any nuclear attack on the state of Israel.

The deal was made as Israel and Germany mark 50 years of official diplomatic relations, several Israeli and German officials to meet and commemorate Israel and Germany’s strong ties.

The ships purchased are larger than any of the current Sa’ar 5-class corvettes currently used by the Israeli Navy. Each of the four ships weighs over 2,000 tons and will take between two-four years to complete their construction. The four new ships will be developed by Israel’s defense industries.

The cost of the ships is a reported 1.8 billion NIS.