Gas fields located in Israel's waters will guard the Saar 6-class combat corvettes purchased from Germany, Angi reports.
The first ship, called "Magen," has already arrived in Israel; over the next year, three more similar corvettes Oz, Atzmaut, and Nitsakhon, will be delivered to the Israeli army. The ships are specially designed to protect the perimeter of maritime borders, including underwater natural gas fields.
The corvette is equipped with an Adir radar system, two Iron Dome air defense batteries, and four Barak 8 air defense batteries for intercepting long-range missiles.
Natural gas deposits in Israeli territorial waters were discovered in the early 2000s. Currently, 70% of electricity consumed in Israel is based on natural gas from the Tamar, Leviathan, and Karish Tanin fields, and this share is expected to grow in the coming years.
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