Dolphin-class Navy submarine.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Germany will build and pay up to one-third of the cost of a sixth Dolphin-class
submarine to be delivered to the navy, a German government official said on
The agreement in principle to provide the submarine, which
foreign reports say enhances Israel’s second strike capability since it can
carry nuclear warheads, comes a month after reports that Germany was
reconsidering the deal because of anger at the announcement of plans to build
some 1,100 housing units in the capital’s Gilo neighborhood, over the Green
'Germany to finalize sale of Dolphin submarine to Israel'
The German official said she did not know whether those reports
were accurate. She said Germany will pay up to 135 million euros toward the
submarine, which will cost between 372m. and 520m. euros.
Talks on the
deal for the sub stalled last year after the Germans declined to underwrite it,
as they had done with previous submarine purchases.
Israel already has
three Dolphin-class subs; another two are currently under construction in
Germany with expected delivery dates of 2012 and 2013. These submarines are
considered Israel’s most sophisticated and strategic weapon. The deal for these
submarines was agreed upon in 2005, under the government of chancellor Gerhard
Germany gave Israel the first two submarines of this class
after the First Gulf War in 1991, and – according to the German press – split
the cost of the third.Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.