(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel received its fifth advanced Dolphin-class submarine, the INS Rahav, considered one of the most advanced submarines in the world, at a ceremony in the German port city of Kiel on Monday.
The submarine is expected to arrive in Israel in 2014, after undergoing a number of steps required to make it operational. The Israeli Defense Ministry said the new submarine was the most expensive item it had ever acquired for the Israel Defense Forces.
According to foreign reports, the submarine has 10 torpedo tubes capable of launching missiles carrying nuclear warheads. Each Dolphin-class submarine costs around half a billion dollars, with one-third of the cost paid for by the German government.
Dolphin-class submarines are considered to be multipurpose vessels capable of carrying out a diverse range of missions. These submarines are the long arm of the Israel Navy, and, according to foreign reports, provide Israel with second-strike capability in the event of a nuclear conflict, making them an important element of Israeli deterrence of the Iranian nuclear threat. Israeli submarines conduct intensive covert missions from Israel’s shores on a daily basis.
“Iran is continuing its nuclear program. It has yet to cross the red line I presented at the United Nations, but it is approaching it systematically. We cannot let Iran cross it,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.