Israel takes delivery of the last two Sa'ar 6 corvettes

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Israel takes delivery of the last two Sa'ar 6 corvettes
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German Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems delivered the last two ships of the Sa'ar 6 class, INS Atzmaut and INS Nitzachon, to the Israeli Navy.

With this delivery, Germany completed the contract series of four corvettes. The firm has delivered the ships in the last 1.5 years. A contract worth $450 million was signed in 2015 to construct the Sa'ar 6 class corvette.

Four ships were built in cooperation with Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Kiel Shipyard. The ships' design is loosely based on the German Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering, changes to accommodate Israeli-built sensors and missiles such as the Barak 8 and the naval Iron Dome system. Elbit Systems has been awarded the contract to design and build electronic warfare (EW) suites.

The Sa'ar 6 class corvettes, which are expected to form the backbone of the Israeli Navy for the next 30 years, stand out with their air defence warfare oriented designs.

C-Dome point air defence system, which includes 16 to 32 Barak 8 long-range air defence missiles for air defence warfare and 20 Tamir missiles, which are also used in Iron Dome; 1 x Oto Melara 76 mm naval gun, two 25 mm Rafael Typhoon remote-controlled weapon station and 16 x Gabriel V anti-ship missiles; the ship has two 324 mm torpedo launchers. The 1,900 tons, 90 meters-long ships have the stealthy design of a low-signature missile corvette with tailor-made solutions and numerous new technologies onboard.

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