Israel Shipyards to provide Shaldag MK V vessels to Israeli Navy

According to a press release published by Israel Shipyards Ltd. on July 7, 2021, the leading shipbuilding and repair company in the Eastern Mediterranean serving naval and commercial marine markets, announces the signing of an agreement to supply its SHALDAG MK V vessels to the Israeli Navy. The company will provide four vessels that have been adapted to the Navy’s unique configuration requirements.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Shaldag MK V (Picture source: Israel Shipyards)

Over the years, the Israeli Navy has used a variety of Israel Shipyards’ vessels for ongoing security missions ‒ including the SHALDAG MK III and the Saar 4 and Saar 4.5 fast attack missile vessels ‒ protecting the maritime borders of the State of Israel. Recently, it was decided to equip the Navy with advanced vessels that will enable an upgrade of the force’s capabilities for its routine security missions. To that end, the SHALDAG MK V has been adapted to the Navy’s configuration requirements.

The largest member of the SHALDAG Class, the SHALDAG MK V, is a combat-proven, all-aluminum, light and fast vessel driven by powerful waterjets, with a high payload capacity, providing exceptional maneuverability and seakeeping. Delivering a high firepower-to-displacement ratio, it was designed for naval security missions and is a recognized leader in the protection of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and littoral waters.

The vessel has a speed of above 40 knots, can accelerate from zero to 40 knots in less than one minute, has a turning diameter of 150m and a minimal draft ‒ enabling operation in shallow waters. Easy to operate and maintain, the SHALDAG MK V is equipped with advanced, lightweight weapon systems, navigation systems, and combat management systems. She has the capacity to carry up to 14 crews members and an endurance of six days.

The Shaldag Mk V can be armed with different types of weapon systems including the Typhoon remotely operated weapon station armed with 20 or 25mm automatic cannon, 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine guns as well as short-range anti-ship missiles to engage targets at sea or on the coastline.

Israel Shipyards is one of the largest shipbuilding and repair facilities in the eastern Mediterranean. The company also operates the first and only privately owned port in Israel. The company’s facilities are located at the Kishon Port (part of the Port of Haifa complex).