12 Mayıs 2015 Salı
Israel Signed a 430 Million Euros Contract with Germany for 4 TKMS MEKO Patrol Vessels
The Israeli Ministry of Defense, through the Procurement Administration and in cooperation with the Navy completed on Monday the negotiations for purchase of four patrol boats. The main goal of this new procurement is the protection of Israel's Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) where oil and gas production is booming in the sea off west coast of the country. The volume of the transaction is estimated at approximately 430 million euros.
The contract signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Defense, attended by Defense Ministry Director General (retired) Dan Harel, head of finance Amos sweetbreads, Vice President and Head of Procurement Administration (res) Shmuel Zucker and TKMS CEO Andreas Burmester.
During the negotiations, the Defense Ministry insisted that all weapons systems be produced in Israel so as to ensure the flow of new orders on a significant scale for Israeli defense industries.
According to the German sources, the future Israeli Navy patrol vessels are based on the MEKO 80 designed and built by German group ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). MEKO 80 patrol corvette is a slightly reduced version of the MEKO 100 (of which 6 were built for the Royal Malaysian Navy and one under construction in Poland for the Polish Navy).
All four vessels will be built in Germany by TKMS while systems outfitting (combat management system, sensors and weapons) will most likely be conducted in Israel. Weapons fit may even include anti-aircraft the new medium-range surface to air missile system Barak 8 and MF-STAR multifunction AESA radar both systems developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
"The deal signed today is the most significant event which is a dramatic leap forward in the defense capabilities of the Navy on the strategic sites of the State of Israel in the gas field, a distance of hundreds of miles at sea," said Defense Ministry Director General (retired) Dan Harel. " The transaction also represents a significant economic stimulus to the economy, with nearly a billion shekels will return directly to the Israeli industry and purchased equipment orders. We are happy and proud of the results of the negotiations, which ensured maximum achievements both on the operational and financial aspects ".