Dolphin Class (Type 800)

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service/On Order
Number: 5/1
Names: INS Dolphin Commissioned in 1999
INS Leviathan Commissioned in 2000
INS Tekuma Commissioned in 2000
INS Tanin Arrived in Israel September 2014
INS Rahav Arrived in Israel January 2016
INS Dakar Scheduled to reach Israel in 2017
Cost: First three: $320 million per submarine. Last three: Nearly $500 million. (Germany provided a third of the funding.)
General Specs
Country of origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) (Kiel, Germany)
Introduced: 1999
Surface Displacement: 1,640 tons
Propulsion: Electric-Diesel with the INS Tanin, INS Rahav, and the planned 6th hull using an air independent propulsion (AIP) system.
Dive Speed: 20 knots
Length: 56.4 m (185 ft)
Beam: 6.75 m (pressure hull diameter)
Height: 12.7 m (41.7 ft)
Draft: 6.2 m (20.5ft)
Dive Depth 350 m (1148.3 ft)
Hull Material: Pressure Hull
Range: 2,700 miles (4345.2 km)
Crew: 35
Armament: 10 x bow torpedo tubes (4 x have 650mm diameter that could provide the capability to launch swimmer delivery vehicles; with liners, these tubes can be used for torpedoes. The 4 tubes can also be used to launch long-range nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM). 6x tubes are 533mm diameter to launch DM2A3 torpedoes.)
Missiles Popeye Turbo cruise missile (conventional or nuclear warheads)
UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile
Torpedos DM2A4 torpedo
Mines Can be armed with mines
Sonar/Sensors: Elta surpface search radar operating at I band.
Sonar suite includes CSU 90 hull-mounted passive and active search and attack radar.
PRS-3 passive ranging sonar
Weapon control system: ISUS 90-1 TCS provides automatic sensor management, fire and weapon control, navigation and operation.
Countermeasures/ Defenses: 4CH(V)2 Timnex electronic support measures system.
Combat history: Reportedly used to target a contingent of 50 Russian made Yakhont P-800 anti-ship missiles in Syria on July 5, 2013.



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