|One of the Israeli Navy’s German-made submarines.|
Israel is building up their fleet including new German made subs
- With four nuclear missiles on each sub, Israel is able to strike any point on Iranian territory.
Last week Israel received its fourth German-made submarine capable of launching nuclear warheads, expanding a fleet that experts say could be used in an attack on Iran.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the submarine would increase Israel’s capabilities and strength “in the face of the growing regional challenges.”
The Dolphin-type military submarine is one of six Israel has ordered from Germany, which subsidizes the submarines. Each submarine costs half a billion dollars. The sub was presented to Israeli officials in Hamburg, Germany, this last Thursday and is expected to arrive in Israel in 2013, following final tests.
Israel believes Iran is developing nuclear weapons and has hinted that it is ready to strike Iranian nuclear facilities to prevent Tehran from making an atomic bomb. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. (Washington Post)
In November 2011, the German government approved the sale of a sixth submarine to Israel, and it is currently preparing to sell three more at the cost of 700 million dollars per unit.
According to experts, each one of the three Dolphin submarines can be loaded with four nuclear missiles which can hit targets within 1500 kilometers. Firing from this distance, Israel is able to strike any point on Iranian territory. As the Dolphins are equipped with second strike capability, no matter whether Israel would be partially or totally eliminated in the event of a nuclear strike, it would be able to release a fatal counter-attack with its submarines.
These underwater vessels serve as deterrence to Iran to not to attack Israel with a nuclear bomb. This is, in effect, Israel's second-strike force, which is actually the Israeli army's most sophisticated and powerful weapon.