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    The German-made INS Rahav, the fifth Israeli Navy submarine, arrives at the military port of Haifa on January 12, 2016. In September 2015, Israel received delivery of the fourth Dolphin 2 class submarines from Germany. A third of the cost was funded by Germany as part of its military aid to Israel. The submarines, the most sophisticated in Israel's fleet, can be equipped with missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

    Germany Signs Off on Deal to Send Israel Three Advanced Subs – Reports

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government approved a deal to sell the Israeli Navy three submarines costing up to $1 billion each, overcoming reservations about dealing with Israeli officials closely connected to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing corruption charges.

    "The Germans have given their approval to the deal," an Israeli official told Agence France-Presse Friday.

    Multiple clauses within the final contract sweetened the deal for Germany. Notably, they allow Germany to back out of the deal in the event that Israel's attorney general charges the prime minister or his closest aides for criminal wrongdoing, Jerusalem Online reports, citing local media.

    The three Dolphin-class submarines, produced by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, would join six others of their kind already part of the Israeli underwater fleet, according to the Times of Israel.

    Dolphin-class subs "are the best conventional submarines in the world," an Israeli Defense Force official identified only as Maj. Y. told the World Tribune in 2013. The diesel-electric vessels are a "spy tool," the official said. "During times of war, submarines are one of the most far-reaching instruments in the Israeli Defense Forces. You do not know where it is and do not know where it will sink you."


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