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Friday, July 03, 2009

Hmmm... Israel sends Dolphin class submarine through Suez Canal

For the first time since 2005, Israel has sent a Dolphin class submarine through the Suez Canal according to an exclusive report in Friday's JPost. According to the Post, the submarine passed through the Canal last month for exercises in the Red Sea, and did so openly (i.e. above water).

And what does this mean?
The significance of the move was debatable, but it could be interpreted as a message to Iran and a demonstration of strengthening ties between Egypt and Israel.

In the event of a conflict with Iran, and if Israel decided to involve its three Dolphin-class submarines - which according to foreign reports can fire nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and serve as a second-strike platform - the quickest route would be to send them through the Suez Canal.

The only way to get to the Gulf of Oman without refueling would be to go through the canal. With their reported 4,500 nautical mile range, taking the long way, around Africa, would require the Dolphins to make at least two stops for refueling at a friendly port, or for fuel to be replenished at sea.


At 8:46 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The sub could fire an EMP tipped missle off the Red Sea coast or from the Arabian Sea. Iran would effectively cease to exist as a modern country simply by frying its electronic and electrical networks with an EMP warhead exploded at a low altitude over its territory. The mullahs and Ahmedinejad may their wish for the end of the world fulfilled... that of Iran's own future as a country!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Broomer said...

Norman, from your lips to G-d's ears.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Iron Chef Kosher! said...

Now we will see if all Obama's obnoxious demands are what a friend of mine has been insisting thy are - the framework for "plausible deniability."

At 8:30 PM, Blogger looneytoonsindville said...

The picture in this article suggests a problem with the seaworthiness of this submarine. It is listing to port as it broaches the surface. That is a very undesirable trait. You can lose air from the ballast tanks and sink (rear-end downward) if the list angle is too large! Someone had better take a look at this problem!


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