thyssenkrupp Marine Systems press release
On November 11, 2020 the world’s most modern corvette “INS Magen” was officially handed over by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems 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 corona prevention measures at the shipyard, the handover took place in Kiel.
“This program is based on an open and trusting dialogue with our customer. I would like to thank Israel for the confidence it has shown in us. We are very proud to be contributing to Israel’s security. I would also like to thank our employees: Despite challenging circumstances, they have achieved something great with tremendous care and discipline! Together, we stay focused on our way to becoming the most modern naval company in Europe.”
Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
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 – performed by 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. The other three ships are planned for delivery subsequently in intervals of a few months.
Key data for SA’AR 6 corvettes
Length o.a. approx. 90 m
Beam 13 m
Full load displacement approx. 1,900 t
Naval News comments: The ship, which is supposed to arrive in Israel in December, will join the Israeli Navy’s fleet to reinforce the IDF’s naval assets, with an emphasis on defensive capabilities for important strategic assets. In terms of weapon systems, the Sa’ar 6 will be heavily armed given their small size and displacement. Check out this link to learn more.