Leading Israeli shipbuilding and repair company Israel Shipyards has inked an agreement to supply SHALDAG MK V vessels to the Israeli Navy.
The company has received orders for four vessels which will be adapted to the Navy’s unique configuration requirements.
The largest member of the SHALDAG Class, the SHALDAG MK V, is a combat-proven, all-aluminum, light and fast vessel driven by powerful waterjets, with a high payload capacity, providing exceptional manoeuvrability and seakeeping.
SHALDAG MK V’s were designed for naval security missions and features a high firepower-to-displacement ratio useful for protection of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and littoral waters.
Over the years, the Israeli Navy has used a variety of Israel Shipyards’ vessels for ongoing security missions ‒ including the SHALDAG MK III and the Saar 4 and Saar 4.5 fast attack missile vessels ‒ protecting the maritime borders of the State of Israel.
Recently, it was decided to equip the Navy with advanced vessels that will enable an upgrade of the force’s capabilities for its routine security missions.
The SHALDAG MK V has been adapted to the Navy’s configuration requirements and the vessel has a speed of above 40 knots.
It can accelerate from zero to 40 knots in less than one minute, has a turning diameter of 150m and a minimal draft ‒ enabling operation in shallow waters.
Easy to operate and maintain, the SHALDAG MK V is equipped with advanced, lightweight weapon systems, navigation systems, and combat management systems.
Israel Shipyards is one of the largest privately owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The manufacturing and repair plant is spread over 330,000 sq. meters with 45,000 sq. meters of under-roof facilities and a wharf length of 900 meters. Israel Shipyards operates a syncrolift with 3000 tons of lifting capacity and has a total berthing area length of 1000 meters with 12 meters of water depth.
The company’s main offerings cover SAAR class missile corvettes including SAAR 4, SAAR 4.5 and SAAR S-72, Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), Fast Patrol Craft
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