In a bid to boost its military arsenal against a perceived threat from archfoe Iran, Israel has signed a contract with Germany to buy two submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons, a newspaper report said Wednesday.The 212 is varsity football. It's stats are better than that.
Under the contract signed in July, the two Dolphin-class submarines, called U212s, will be assembled in Germany and fitted with a propulsion system allowing them to remain underwater for far longer than submarines already in use by the Israel navy, the Jerusalem Post said.
The state-of-the-art submarines, manufactured by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG, will be bought by Israel for 1.27 billion dollars, a third of which will be financed by the German government, the English-language daily said.
The U212s are designed for a crew of 35, have a range of 4,500 kilometers (2,810 miles) and can launch cruise missiles carrying nuclear warheads, the paper quoted the Jane's Defense Weekly as saying.
* Displacement: 1450 tons surfaced, 1830 tons submergedI'll do the math for you. That is $635 million a copy (a Virginia class will run you $2 billion a copy). Only 20% more than a mission capable LCS. With economy of scale, a 12 unit run would keep a ship yard busy for 6 years at a lower per-unit cost, and you don't have to hire Swedes to show you how to do business. Contract build in the U.S. Good enough for a side-arm, good enough for this. Homeport 6 in Japan and 6 somewhere in the Med. Split Croatia would be a nice spot.
* Length: 56 m
* Beam: 7 m
* Draft: 6 m
--o 1 MTU 16V 396 diesel-engine, 3.12 MW
--o 9 HDW/Siemens PEM fuel cells, 30-40 kW each (U31)
--o 2 HDW/Siemens PEM fuel cells 120 kW (U32, U33, U34)
--o 1 Siemens Permasyn electric motor, driving single seven-bladed skew-back propeller
* Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h) submerged, 12 knots surfaced
* Depth: over 250m (official), greater than 400 m (estimated)
--o 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km) at 8 knots (15 km/h) surfaced,
* Endurance: 3 weeks without snorkeling, 12 weeks overall
--o 6 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes with 12 torpedoes
--o 24 external naval mines (optional)
--o Torpedo defence system Tau, 4 launchers, 40 jammers/decoys
--o STN Atlas DBQS40 sonar suite:
----+ TAS-3 passive low-frequency towed array sonar (deployed from sail)
----+ FAS-3 passive Low-, and med-frequency hull-mounted flank array sonar
----+ MOA 3070 mine detection sonar
----+ Carl Zeiss SERO 14, with FLIR and optical rangefinder
----+ Carl Zeiss SERO 15, with laser range-finder
--o Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 I band navigation radar
--o EADS FL 1800U ESM suite
* Complement: 27
And yes, I know I have kicked a nest. Good.