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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 8
Unitary Cost: USD$700 million
Also Known As: Type 800
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH
Parent System: Dolphin
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 8
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Description: The Dolphin-class submarines, also known as Type 800, have been designed to perform surveillance, special operations infiltration, anti-ship and anti-submarine missions. Dolphin derived from the German Type 209-1300/1400 conventional attack submarines. Each Dolphin-class submarine is equipped with six 533mm torpedo tubes capable of launch Harpoon anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and mines. In the near term the Dolphin submarines may be able to accommodate land attack cruise missiles supplied by the United States or Israel's defense industry such as the Popeye Turbo which may be equipped with a nuclear warhead. The last two ships commissioned in 2013-2014 are more advanced than the previous three and feature an air-independent propulsion system based on fuel cells and ten torpedo tubes. Six torpedo tubes are 533mm in diameter and the remaining four are 650mm in diameter which makes them suitable for the Popeye Turbo SLCM nuclear missile. Besides, they are equipped with German-made CSU-90 active radar, a PRS-3 passive ranging sonar, and a FAS-3 flank sonar. They serve as deterrent for attacks from Gaza Strip and the Lebannon. A sixth boat was cancelled in favor of a Type 212 submarine.

Dolphin Specifications

Crew: 35
Number of Weapons: 16
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 6.80 meter (22.3 foot)
Length: 57 meter (185 foot)
Top Speed Submerged: 20 knot (10.3 mps)
Displacement Submerged: 1,720 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Dolphin News

There are 3 news between
4 May 2012 and 21 Oct 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017Germany Signs Off Deal to Send Israel Three Dolphin Class Submarines
Saturday, October 22, 2016Israel Seeks Three Additional Dolphin Class Submarines
Friday, May 4, 2012Israel Takes Delivery of Fourth Dolphin Submarine

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 81
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
Popeye Turbo SLCMx4
Protection Systems

Dolphin Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
INS Dolphin-1999-
INS Leviathan-1999-
INS Tekuma-2000-
INS Tanin4 May 20122013-
INS Rahav29 Apr 2013Jan 2014-
6 -2023-
7 -2024-
8 -2025-

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