The Saar-class corvettes are a series of four new warships being built to patrol Israel’s EEZ. (Photo: Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems)
Israel has received the last two Saar 6 class ships, out of an order for four, from Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has completed the delivery of two ships, INS Atzmaut and INS Nitzachon, to the Israeli Navy.
This delivery is the latest part of a larger order for four ships that was signed in May 2015, the first two ships were delivered in November 2020 and May 2021 respectively.
Shephard Defense Insight reports that the four ships had a reported cost of $ 522 million in 2015, the equivalent of $ 568 million in 2020 to build the ships alone.
The total cost of acquiring the four ships for Israel is estimated at $ 3 billion.
Saar 6 class ships will form the backbone of the Israeli Navy for the next 30 years. They are intended to replace the Sa’ar 5 class, offering improved attack capabilities.
The ships will be equipped with radar and weapons systems by the Israeli Navy after arriving at their home port.
The vessels are 90 m long, 13 m wide and have a displacement (full load) of 1,900 t.
It is likely that the Saar 6 class will be deployed to protect Israel’s major maritime gas fields, like its most recent called Leviathan, which began domestic deliveries in 2019 and exports the following month.