German shipbuilder delivers new corvette to Israel

German shipbuilder and submarine specialist thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has handed over INS Magen, a new corvette, to the Israeli Navy.

This marks another important milestone in the ongoing program of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as general contractor to build four next-generation SA’AR-6 class missile corvettes for the Israeli Navy.

Following the very strict coronavirus prevention measures at the shipyard, the handover took place in Kiel, Germany, on 11 November.

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The ships have the stealthy design of a low-signature missile corvette with tailor-made solutions and numerous new technologies onboard.

The contract for the delivery of four SA’AR 6 corvettes – awarded to thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (Lead) and project partner German Naval Yards – was signed in May 2015. After the design phase, the construction phase started with the steel cutting ceremony of the first-of-class in February 2018. Only 15 months after the first steel cut, the ship was undocked, fulfilling its very ambitious schedule.

In May 2019, the INS Magen was named in Kiel.

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The remaining three ships are planned for delivery subsequently in intervals of a few months. All of them will feature a length of approximately 90 metres, a beam of 13 metres and a full load displacement of 1,900 tons.