Eilat Class (Sa’ar 5)


Israeli Navy to Roll Out New C2 System Across Fleet

The Israeli Navy will gradually introduce a new command-and-control (C2) system for all its vessels within three years, according to a senior naval officer. Israel’s order of four Saar 6-class missile corvettes from the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) was the catalyst for developing a new C2 system that can be used across the […]


Israeli Ship Launches Barak-8 SAM for the First Time

A Barak-8 naval surface-to-air missile (SAM) was launched from a ship for the first time on 26 November and successfully intercepted a target drone. The Barak-8 is being developed for both the Israeli and Indian navies, with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) acting as prime contractor. The test firing was conducted by the Israeli Navy ship […]


Reliant Mermaid 2015 Wraps Up

The U.S. Navy participated in the regularly-scheduled exercise, Reliant Mermaid 2015, from Aug. 9-13, in the Mediterranean Sea with our partner and ally, Israel. Quick Facts: Reliant Mermaid is an annual maritime search and rescue exercise designed to increase interoperability by developing individual and collective maritime proficiencies of participating nations, as well as promoting friendship, […]


Israel Navy To Upgrade Combat Surface Fleet

The Israel Navy is upgrading its entire combat surface fleet with new German-built, Israeli-equipped Sa’ar-6 corvettes and the integration of new radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems in existing Sa’ar-5 and Sa’ar 4.5 ships. Procurement and retrofit of the new radars, developed by Elta Systems, and the combined active and passive EW suite by Elbit […]


Israel Navy has New Weapon to Counter Hezbollah

Israel’s navy has a new weapon in the fight against threats from Syria and Hezbollah. Its newly installed “MF-STAR” radar system is designed to counter the Yakhont (S-800) anti-ship missiles used by both. The IDF says that the radar, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has a greater range in comparison to the previous generation […]


Israel’s Naval Iron Dome: Ideal for Qatar, But A Deal Not Likely

Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled the “C-Dome” system at last week’s Euronaval conference in France. The system, which some are calling “Naval Iron Dome,” will enable sea vessels to knock down threats from the sky, including aircraft and missiles. The system will be particularly useful to Israel as it develops new platforms for […]


Russian Yakhont Missiles in Hezbollah’s Hands

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that US officials believe the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah is receiving advanced guided-missiles from Syria despite efforts by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to take them out. If true, this could severely hinder Israel’s ability to operate against the Shiite group in the future. US officials, according to the […]