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Israeli Navy’s Saar 4.5 replacement announced

14 November 2019
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Israel Shipyards will design the Israeli Navy's new Reshef class to replace its ageing Saar 4.5 vessels, the company announced on 13 November.

It said the class will be based on the S-72, which it described as a "proven design", even though none have been ordered as yet, and would be able to "successfully withstand the new and evolving threats and challenges" facing the Israeli Navy. The vessels will be used to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone, including oil and gas facilities.

This followed a 6 November announcement in which the Israeli Ministry of Defence said it had ordered a floating dock from Israel Shipyards as part of a NIS90 million (USD25.8 million) agreement that also covers the design and construction of future naval vessels that were not identified.

The preliminary design for the Reshef. (Israel Shipyards)The preliminary design for the Reshef. (Israel Shipyards)

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