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Rafael, Israeli Navy New Submarine Sonar Significantly Increases Detection

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

A new sonar system developed by the Israel Navy and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. significantly improves the newly acquired Dolphin submarines’ detection capabilities, Globes reported Wednesday.

The new sonar complements the original sonar systems installed on the Dolphin submarines by the German manufacturer. The additional sonar system algorithms enable it to ignore noises that can disrupt the range of the systems’ activity, while at the same time detecting distant noises—to enhance the capabilities of the German sonar system.

Israel Navy underwater combat systems section head Lieutenant Colonel Tal Schwartzmann told Globes: “Under the conditions of a submarine in combat, there is no time. We have a saying that whoever detects the threat first is the one to attack and destroy the other side.” In that context, Schwartzmann said, “the new sonar increases our detection rate by up to 40%, thereby enabling us to neutralize noises that interfere with the submarine’s work.”

Using the new sonar, the Israeli Dolphins will detect vessels equipped with advanced quiet engines, including “another submarine … and start following it long before the other submarine’s crew realizes that it has been detected, if it ever does,” Schwartzmann said.

The Dolphin 2-class diesel-electric submarine was developed and constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW), Germany, for the Israeli Navy. They are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II, and the most expensive (half a billion dollars each, give or take) single vehicles in the IDF.

David Israel

IDF Concern Rising Over Russian Arms, Military Presence in Middle East

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

No one’s admitting it publicly, but in private conversations senior Israeli air force and navy officers are expressing increasing concern over the intensity of the Russian military presence in the Middle East.

“We were surprised by the quantity and quality of the Russian weapons we have seen appearing here,” a source told Israel’s Channel 2 television news in a report that appeared Sunday.

The issue has dramatically affected the way Israeli air and sea forces plan their strategic operations.

Israeli Air Force and Navy forces were accustomed to carrying out their operations in relative freedom from any real threats up to this point, Channel 2 reported.

But foreign sources quoted the IDF as saying Russian forces have been carrying out reconnaissance missions, attacks on arms convoys, building unconventional weapons arsenals and sailing against distant shores – carrying out large-scale operations with many personnel to gather intelligence without interruption.

At this point, the situation has changed. It used to be customary to say, “If you really want to know what the president of the United States is planning, check where his aircraft are going.”

If so, the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is sailing in the North Sea on its way to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, with the IDF closely watching its movements. The vessel is expected to dock off the coast of Syria in the next few weeks.

Hana Levi Julian

Elbit ‘Seagull’ Unmanned Surface Vehicle Passes Test, Fires Torpedo

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems Ltd. has for the first time ever, successfully tested a 12-meter-long unmanned surface vessel (USV), complete with launching a torpedo.

The system is comprised of replaceable mission modules, with two vessels capable of being operated and controlled in concert using a single Mission Control System (MCS), from manned ships or from the shore. According to Elbit the system provides “mission planning and on-line operation in known and unknown areas, including area survey, search, detection, classification, identification, neutralization and verification. It is equipped to search the entire water volume and operate underwater vehicles to identify and neutralize mines.”

The Seagull was tested in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea off Israel’s northern coastline near Haifa. The trial successfully proved the system’s ability to install, carry and launch lightweight torpedoes (underwater missiles).

“The success of this test demonstrates Seagull’s modular mission system capability, enabling a highly effective ASW (anti-submarine warfare) configuration of high-performance dipping sonar using two single tube torpedoes,” said Ofer Ben-Dov, Elbit Systems Vice President of the Naval Systems Business Line ISTAR Division.

“The test highlighted Seagull’s capacity to detect and engage submarines in addition to its ability to detect and destroy sea mines, all using the same multi-mission USV system in modular configurations.

“This new and important capability has, to date, only been available to navies through manned vehicles,” Ben-Dov explained.

The USV is to be used in unmanned maritime missions such as anti-submarine warfare, counter-mine operations, or the protection of offshore oil and gas rigs such as those currently operating in Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan gas reserves, among numerous others.

There have been numerous threats to Israel’s natural gas fields by the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror organization as well as by the Lebanese government and others over the past several years.

The new Seagull USV will be a new and versatile element in the defense system employed to protect those assets, as well as defend Israel’s coastline from Iranian and other potential terrorist suppliers attempting to provide arms and other contraband to Hamas in Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Tests New ‘Iron Dome of the Sea’ [video]

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The IDF has carried out a complex test simulating a strategic location being targeted by ballistic missiles.

During the test short range rockets were fired from the shore; all of which were detected and classified as real threats by the Adir system, were targeted by the Tamir weapons system.

All of the rockets that were aimed towards the strategic assets were intercepted and destroyed by the Tamir interceptors.

The Tamir Adir, named “Iron Dome of the Sea“, is based on the Iron Dome system and capabilities. Some algorithms and other parts of the system were changed in order to enable the use of the system in naval environment, which involves high dynamic changes, while the ship is moving or in place.

The system’s initial operational mission oriented capability can already be used. Once the system’s development is complete, it will be integrated as a complete naval system.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Navy Patrol Sinks Gaza Smuggler Vessel

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

An Israeli Navy patrol sank a suspected smuggler boat that was heading for the Gaza coastline in the wee hours of Saturday, according to the IDF.

The vessel was alleged to be a fishing boat, but it was packed with sacks as it approached the Gaza shore from the direction of Egypt.

Israeli Navy officers warned to vessel to stop, and the patrol also fired warning shots in the air as well as into the water to divert the boat.

As it continued on course, Israeli Navy forces noticed the crew on the vessel throwing the contents of the boat overboard, and then the crew dove into the sea after the packages.

The vessel continued on course, and the Navy patrol opened fire and sank it. The question remains as to whether the smugglers managed to regain their packages underwater and swim with them to safety.

Both Israel and Egypt have maintained a naval blockade of coastal Gaza in order prevent smuggling of weaponry, ordnance and other contraband.

Arab media quoted the IDF last week as saying the Israel Navy had decided to permit expansion of the permitted fishing zone “south of Wadi Gaza (south of Gaza City) from six to nine nautical mines” in advance of the coming fishing season. The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) estimates such a decision could increase the Gaza economy by NIS 4,000, AFP reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Welcome to Israel’s New Nuclear-Enabled, Dolphin-class INS Rahav Submarine

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The INS Rahav is on schedule to arrive in Haifa on Tuesday.

It’s the fifth of Israel’s fleet of Dolphin-class submarines.

Rahav, ordered in 2005, left the German port of Kiel in December, with a special sendoff from Israel Navy Commander Admiral Ram Rothberg.

The Rahav was unveiled by its builder, the German Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipbuilding company in April 2013, but then required more work to become fully operational.

It is more than 67 meters (220 feet) long and weighs more than 2,000 tons. The submarine can hold a crew of approximately 50, according to the Israel Navy.

The diesel-powered vessel features an air-independent propulsion system operating through a fuel cell instead of using oxygen-dependent sources. This allows the submarine to stasy underwater for longer periods – potentially weeks at a time, according to navy officials.

The Dolphin-class sub was to be greeted upon arrival by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Admiral Rothberg.

The officials are expected to join in a ceremonial flotilla of warships and water craft celebrating the submarine’s arrival. Rahav becomes part of the new naval fleet with the Dolphin, Leviathan, Tekuma and Tanin at the Haifa Naval Base.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Buys German Ships to Protect Gas & Oil Rigs in Mediterranean

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Israel and Germany have signed a 430-million Euro contract to provide the Jewish State with four ships to protect natural gas and oil rigs in the Mediterranean.

The Defense Ministry announced the deal on Monday with the arrival in Tel Aviv of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen for an official state visit.

Included in the agreement was a special grant of 115 million Euros provided to Israel by the German government.

The project is being funded via the Exclusive Economic Zone through a budget separate from that used for defense.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Dan Harel, managing director of the Defense Ministry, said the acquisition represented “a dramatic improvement in the navy’s ability to protect strategic sites for the State of Israel.”

The four patrol corvette-type vessels are to be built by the TKMS German shipyard in the city of Kiel near Hamburg. All will be equipped with Israeli combat systems.

The shipyard is owned and operated by the TK Consortium, which has committed to a reciprocal purchase from Israel. TK Consortium has agreed to buy at least NIS 700 million in Israeli defense product under the terms of the contract.

Given the equipment with which the vessels are to be loaded, Israel’s defense industry will be busy for the next five years, when the vessels are to arrive.

Dolphin submarines currently in use by the Israel Navy were produced in the same shipyard.

Hana Levi Julian

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