Skip to comments.Israelís Quiet Doomsday Submarines Almost Are Ready
Posted on 08/17/2014 9:52:41 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Dolphin II class nearing completion
The Israeli navy is a bit of an odd duck. Its designed largely for coastal and eastern Mediterranean warfare. But among all of Israels small corvettes and missile boats are some some seriously mighty submarines.
Israel is also investing heavily in growing its submarine fleet. Its a reflection of Tel Avivs increasing reliance on the underwater boats for a range of operations including nuclear deterrence.
Right now, three Dolphin II-class submarines are under construction at Germanys ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyards in Kiel. Once the submarines complete their trials and head towards the Mediterranean, they will become the most powerful Israeli submarines ever.
More than 225 feet long, the diesel-electric Dolphin II class is part attack submarine, part nuclear strike ship and part commando taxi.
Theyre also painted in an unusual combination of black, blue and green colors. Thats meant to make the ship less visible, and thought to be especially effective in Mediterranean waters, Defense News noted after recently publishing new photographs of the fat, oddly-shaped boats in dry dock and on sea trials.
In terms of weapons, the three boats of the Dolphin II classthe Tannin, Rahav and a third unnamed submarinecontain 10 torpedo tubes capable of launching fiber optic cable-guided DM-2A4 torpedoes.
Four of these tubes are larger 26-inch tubesthe size is rare for a Western-built submarinecapable of launching small commando teams or firing larger cruise missiles. The remaining six tubes measure at 21 inches.
Although not admitted by the Israeli government, the Dolphin II is widely believed to soon possess nuclear-tipped Popeye Turbo cruise missiles. The submarines armament includes non-nuclear anti-ship Harpoon and anti-helicopter Triton missiles.
In 2012, German news magazine Der Spiegel interviewed several German defense ministry officials, all of whom were under the assumption that Israel intends for these submarines to carry nuclear weapons. The missiles can also be launched using a previously secret hydraulic ejection system, the magazine reported.
The photographs at Defense News also reveal horizontal planes for trailing communications gear and sonar buoys. But the classified propeller is covered by a tarp to keep out prying eyes.
Israeli sailors aboard a Dolphin-class submarine on Nov. 29, 2011. Israel Defense Forces photo
For sensors, the Dolphin II comes with the German-made CSU-90 active radar, a PRS-3 passive ranging sonar and a FAS-3 flank sonar. These sensors are in addition to an Israeli-made surface search radar.
Of course, submarines need to be stealthyand the Dolphin II is indeed quiet. The trick is in the submarines air-independent propulsion fuel cells, which provide power under the surface as the diesel enginesused for running on the surfacerest and recharge.
This system is quieter than the nuclear-powered engines on American and Russian submarines, which must constantly circulate engine coolant. Nuclear submarines are virtually unlimited in terms of range, and are better used for deep-water operations. But Israel has no need for nuclear-powered subs when quiet diesel subs can do the same job.
The Dolphin IIs top speed maxes out at 20 knots when submerged. But the maximum distance before needing to be refueled is around 9,200 miles at a speed of eight knots underwater. This puts the submarines in range of Iran.
And thats why Israel is investing in an up-armed submarine fleet. The Israeli military wants to maintain its undeclared nuclear strike force. Given Israels small size, a nuclear deterrent promises massive retaliation if Israels homeland is threatened.
Plus, submarines are very useful for littoral operations off the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
Israel has also boosted its submarines operational tempo. In 2013, Israeli submarines spent 58 percent of their time at sea compared to 36 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to the Times of Israel. This not only included secretive missions off Lebanon, but deployments lasting several weeks that took the submarines thousands of kilometers from Israel, the paper reported.
In July 2013, a series of mysterious explosions occurred at the Syrian port of Latakia. Though Israeli aircraft were likely responsible for the attackwhich targeted a shipment of Russian Yakhont anti-ship missilessuch operations can be carried out by submarines.
Now the Israeli navy will soon have the much more capable way to do it.
I have no idea what she's sitting on.
Great article! Thank you for posting.
I suppose you could read that several ways: small dudes, or just a few of them, but still, small dudes.
Would take bigger huevos than I got to cram me into a 26" torpedo tube and launch me. What happened to escape trunks?
You got to assume their gear comes out later.
Now they will have a total of 6 nuclear capable subs. The folks who support Islamic proxy nations in wars against Israel , along with those doing the fighting will be targeted together if a Holocaust situation occurs for the Jewish state. God help them, because Mohammed isn’t God but rather some hyped up prophet... If I am right, then they can write me down as a prophet too someday;)
All manner of Glory can be gained in combating EVIL(Islam) in a submarine..
Iranians need to know, should they build the bomb and their government attack Israel, that after the counterattack, the largest concentration of living Iranians will reside in southern California. The ultimate in disproportionality: you squash Israel, Israel squashes you!
ThyssenKrupp Ping !
I’m thinking someone was making a joke about the size of the tube and the reporter believed it.
I know what She’s sitting on! Unfortunately, it’s not me.
“But the maximum distance before needing to be refueled is around 9,200 miles at a speed of eight knots underwater. This puts the submarines in range of Iran.”
Somehow short of range? The far smaller German Type 212 submarines have a range of 8,000 nm or 9,200 miles. The bigger Type 214 have a range of about 12,000 miles. The Dolphin class are even bigger than Type 214. I expect them to have a range of about 12,000 nm to reach the Persian Gulf unrefueled by traveling around Africa.
The small anti ASW helicopter missile is called IDAS:
Diesel engines do not "recharge".
Any idea why these subs aren’t nuclear powered?
They run quieter - no coolant being constantly pumped around (so the article states).
“’Nuke-Capable’ Stealth Submarine Sets Sail for Israel”
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In the situation you describe, and with the way this administration has behaved (and will behave), don't be terribly surprised if American assets come under Israeli nuclear attack.