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Saar 72  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: 3
Also Known As: S-72 and Sa'ar 72
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Israel Shipyards
Parent System: Saar 72
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: 3
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Description: The Israeli Navy Sa'ar 72, also known as S-72, is a stealth multi-purpose corvette derived from the Saar 4.5 missile boats but featuring a length of 72 meters and a displacement of 800 tons. These corvettes will offer extended range compared with Saar 4.5 missile boats and a top speed in excess of 30 knots. A rear flight deck and hangar will allow the operation of a medium-sized helicopter and special operations forces. The Sa'ar 72 will be fitted with state-of-the-art electronics and weapon systems to perform anti-submarine (ASW), air defense (AAW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW). The propulsion system is based on two MTU 16V1163M94 V16 diesel engines each developing 5920KW of power and allowing a cruise speed of 28 knots. The Israel Navy awarded Israel Shipyards a contract for three S-72 corvettes with the first one to be commissioned in 2015.

The Sa'ar 72 primary sensor is the EL/M-2258 ALPHA multi-mission naval radar. The weapon system includes an OTO Melara 76mm naval gun, eight Harpoon or Gabriel 5 anti-ship missiles, 16 Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles (SAM) and six Mark 32 torpedo tubes for Mark 46 torpedoes. A single medium-size helicopter can be employed for ASW missions or infiltration/extraction of special operations forces/commandos from enemy shores. These ships will be able to carry out a variety of missions at ranges of up to 5,500 kilometers.

Saar 72 Specifications

Crew: 50
Number of Aircraft: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Number of Weapons: 24
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Troops: 20
Beam: 10.3 meter (33.6 foot)
Draft: 3 meter (9.84 foot)
Flight Deck Length: 15.3 meter
Length: 72 meter (236 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter
Max Range: 5,500 kilometer (2,970 nautical mile)
Total Combined Power: 11,840 kW (15,871 hp)
Cruise Speed: 28 knot (14.4 mps)
Economical Speed: 18 knot
Top Speed: 30 knot (15.4 mps)
Mission Endurance: 21 day
Full Displacement: 800 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 31
Cannons & Gear
76/62 Super Rapidx1
Defensive Weapons
Mark 46x6
Offensive Weapons
Sensor Systems
EL/M-2258 ALPHAx1

Saar 72 Ship Listing

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