Thyssenkrupp Delivers Last Two Corvettes To The Israeli Navy

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has handed over the last two ships, “INS Atzmaut” and “INS Nitzachon”, to the Israeli Navy on July 27, the company said in a statement. The SA`AR 6-class corvettes had been christened earlier. This means that all four ships ordered have now been delivered to the Israeli Navy.

The ships christened “INS Atzmaut” and “INS Nitzachon” are the final two deliveries of the four ships ordered. In May 2019, the “INS Magen” as first of class received her name in Kiel and was handed over in November 2020. The second ship, “INS Oz” followed in May 2021.

The SA’AR 6 class ships are expected to perform core functions of the Israeli Navy for the next 30 years. The Corvettes have a length of 90m and a full load displacement of 1,900 tonnes. The ships will be equipped with radar and weapon systems by the Israeli Navy after their arrival in their homeport.

INS Magen during sea trials in Germany. Naval News picture.

The contract for the delivery of four SA’AR 6 corvettes was signed in May 2015 worth €450 million. After the design phase, the construction phase began with the ship’s steel cutting ceremony in February 2018. Just 15 months after the first steel was cut, the ship undocked. In May 2019, the “INS Magen” as first of class received her name in Kiel and was handed over in November 2020. The second ship, “INS Oz” followed in May 2021. Today, with “INS Atzmaut” and “INS Nitzachon” the order was completed.

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The ships will be equipped with radar and weapon systems by the Israeli Navy after their arrival in their homeport.

In terms of weapon systems, the Sa’ar 6 will be heavily armed given their small size and displacement:

  • an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun,
  • two Typhoon 25mm Weapon Stations,
  • 32 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles,
  • two C-Dome point defense systems (with 20 Tamir missiles each),
  • 16 anti-ship missiles (likely Gabriel V)
  • two 324 mm torpedo launchers .

Each ship will also be outfitted with cyber and electronic warfare systems. The sensor suite includes the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar. Magen-class corvettes have hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium-class SH-60-type helicopter.

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