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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Alleged Mossad agent extradition may torpedo missile ship sale

The extradition of an alleged Mossad agent from Poland to Germany may torpedo the sale of two missile ships by Germany to Israel according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.
Israel had expected to hear from Germany in June whether it would be willing to provide two new Meko-class missile ships, as it did in 2006 when it sold Israel about $1 billion in military equipment so the Israel Navy could purchase two new submarines that are in the final stages of construction.

“We had expected an answer from the Germans several weeks ago,” one official said.

Israel’s concern centers on Germany’s insistence on extraditing Brodsky instead of ending the affair quietly without his arrest.

While the navy has yet to finalize its order, it is working on a concept under which the 2,000-ton ship it is interested in buying would be designed by the German company Blohm and Voss, which manufactures the Meko family of warships.

The design would be similar to the existing Sa’ar 5-class ship but would be slightly larger, to enable it to carry the massive IAI-made Adir radar, capable of providing an extensive over-the-horizon radar view. Each ship is expected to cost around $300 million.

The ship will be capable of carrying special forces and larger infantry units as well as midsize vehicles, alongside at least one helicopter. The ship will also be installed with the anti-ship Harpoon missile, as well as the Barak anti-missile defense system.


At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Germany isn't going to be that stupid. But maybe it's time to start shopping around for another potential supplier.

At 5:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel should start building its own missile ships and stop relying on the world to give it arms.


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