1st steel cut by TKMS on the Project of SAAR corvettes for Israeli Navy

Steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Kiel in 7th February 2018.

The Israel Navy is upgrading its entire combat surface fleet with new German-built, Israeli-equipped Sa’ar-6 corvettes and the integration of new radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems in existing Sa’ar-5 and Sa’ar 4.5 ships.

Measuring 90 meters in length and displacing around 2,000 tons, the Sa’ar 6-class corvettes will be fitted with Israeli-developed armament and radars. According to media reports, the corvettes are set to receive a Israel Aerospace Industries-built AESA radar which will control the Barak 8 surface to air missile system.

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The Saar 6 vessels will not just be “Patrol Vessels” as initially reported but rather powerful Corvettes with a displacement in excess of 2,000 tons and a length of 90 meters.The width of the class is 13.5 meters and its draft is more than 4 meters. Their maximum speed is 26 knots thanks to their diesel power plant and dual-shaft arrangement. The crew complement is about 70 sailors.

The cost of the construction is around 430 million euros of which 115 million euros is reportedly covered by the government of Germany. This is for the four vessels but the vessels only, without the cost of Israeli weapons and electronic equipment, which will be installed in Israel.

3 European company bidding for Poland’s Orka submarine program

Poland is looking to acquire three new submarines to replace its remaining three, old Koben-class submarines.

Defense Ministry of Poland said they received offers from Germany, Sweden and France :

  • France – Naval Group : Scorpene-class subs armed with MBDA’s naval cruise missiles
  • Germany – ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems : 212CD-class
  • Sweden – Kockum (SAAB) : A26-class

The Polish Defence Ministry spokeswoman, Col. Anna Pęzioł-Wójtowicz, said that “a final decision concerning the production of submarines will be made by Poland in the near future, after receiving replies from France, as well as from our other potential partners.”

The discussions form part of Poland’s Orka (Orca) programme, which costs EUR 2.4 billion, plan to acquire modern submarines for the Polish navy. Poland intends to purchase three to four submarines, which will be equipped with cruise missiles.

Once the contractor has been chosen, submarine deliveries are expected to start between 2024 and 2026.

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