Israel is sending three submarines with nuclear cruise missiles to the Persian Gulf near the coast of Iran

Israel is sending three submarines with nuclear cruise missiles to the Persian Gulf near the coast of Iran
Israel Sending Nuclear Subs to Iran Coast to Deter Hizbullah-Allies Missile Attack
Israel is sending three submarines with nuclear cruise missiles to the Persian Gulf near the coast of Iran, The Sunday Times reported.
The British newspaper said one of the submarines – designed to act as a deterrent and collect intelligence — was already sent for fear of any possible missile attack on Israeli sites by Hizbullah, Iran and Syria.
Israel also fears that these attacks could include air bases and missile launchers, The Sunday Times said.

It said the German-built submarines of Flotilla 7 have visited the Gulf before. Israel only now has decided to keep at least one there permanently.

The Sunday Times quoted the flotilla’s commander, identified as “Col. O,” as telling an unidentified Israeli newspaper: “We are an underwater assault force. We’re operating deep and far, very far, from our borders.”

The submarines, each carrying up to 50 crew members, can stay at sea about 50 days and remain submerged at least a week, according to the report.

It said some of the cruise missiles the subs contain carry the most advanced nuclear warheads in Israel’s arsenal.

The Sunday Times cited an Israeli navy officer as saying that the warheads could be used if Iran continues its nuclear program.

The officer warned that the 1,500-kilometer range cruise missiles can reach any target in Iran.

An Iranian admiral hit back, telling The Sunday Times: “Anyone who wishes to do an evil act in the Persian Gulf will receive a forceful response from us.”

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  1. Key Data
    Crew30
    Length57.3m
    Beam6.8m
    Displacement (Surfaced)1,640t
    Displacement (Dived)1,900t
    Dived Speed20kt
    Snorting Speed11kt
    Full specifications
    Israel’s three Dolphin Class submarines were designed by Ingenieurkontor Lubeck Prof Gabler Nachf GmbH (IKL), a subsidiary of Howaldtswerke-Deutche Werft AG (HDW) based in Lubeck, Germany. A schedule had originally been planned for the construction of the three submarines by an industrial team consisting of HDW and Thyssen Nordseewerke, lead by Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, but the project was cancelled in 1990.

    Following the Gulf crisis in 1990 and 1991, contracts were placed for the construction of the Dolphin and the Leviathan, to proceed with funding support from the German government. Approval for construction of the third submarine was granted in 1994. The hull sections were cut at the HDW shipyard at Kiel, and then moved to Thyssen Nordseewerke shipyards at Emden in Germany for final assembly.

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