Israel could sign the contract to acquire German Dolphin-class submarines

According to information published by the Jerusalem Post on January 17, 2022, the Israeli government could sign the contract to acquire three German Dolphin-class submarines.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Dolphin-class submarine (Picture source: Flickr)

The Dolphin class is a diesel-electric submarine constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) in Kiel, Germany, for the Israeli Navy.

The Dolphin 2 class are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. The Dolphin class replaced the aging Gal class, which had served in the Israeli navy since the late 1970s.

Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes and Popeye Turbo submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). The cruise missiles have a range of at least 1,500 km (930 mi) and are widely believed to be equipped with a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead containing up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) of plutonium.

In October 2017, Israel and Germany confirmed that they have finalized a memorandum of understanding covering the Israeli Navy's purchase of three more Dolphin-class submarines to be delivered starting in 2027. These boats will replace the first three of the class which by then will be about 30 years old.