thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) delivered the last two of four SA`AR 6-class corvettes to Israel’s Navy. During the small hand over ceremony, Managing Director Dr Alexander Orellano emphasised in his speech to the guests and new ships’ crews the good professional and personal relationship tkMS cultivated with Israel’s Navy.
Dr. Alexander Orellano: “In the six years from the signing of the contract until today, we have developed a superior ship together. We have discussed a lot with each other, sometimes even argued. In the end, we – client and contractor – together built a better ship than originally planned.”
The SA’AR 6-class ships now form the muscle of Israel’s Navy for the next 30 years. tkMS built the ships in a joint venture with German Naval Yards Kiel. Israel Navy Commander-in-Chief VAdm Eliyahu Sharvit arrived in Germany from Israel for the naming and handover ceremony. Pleased with his new ships, he expressed in his speech: “I thank you for your tremendous effort invested in this combined project to ensure its extraordinary success.”
The contract for the delivery of four SA’AR 6 corvettes was signed in May 2015. After the design phase, the construction phase began with the ship’s steel cutting ceremony in February 2018. Just 15 months after the first steel was cut, the ship undocked.
In May 2019, the “INS Magen” as first of class received her name in Kiel and was handed over in November 2020. The second ship, “INS Oz” followed in May 2021. Today, with “INS Atzmaut” and “INS Nitzachon” the order was completed. The ships will be equipped with radar and weapon systems by the Israeli Navy after their arrival in their homeport.
Principal dimensions of the SA’AR 6 corvettes
Length: approx. 90 metres
Beam: approx. 13 metres
Displacement (full load): approx. 1,900 tonnes