The Israeli Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Israel Shipyards to design the Navy’s new Reshef Class combat vessels.
The new vessels will replace the Navy’s Sa’ar 4.5-class missile boats and will be based on Israel Shipyards’ S-72 corvette design. According to the company, all combat systems onboard the new vessels will be of Israeli origin.
The Sa’ar S-72 design was first unveiled by the shipyard at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia in Singapore in May 2013. The design has a length of 72m, a width of 10.25m and a displacement of around 800 tons. It has a
The Reshef Class vessels will “empower the Israeli Navy’s capabilities in the future combat field and will assist in protecting Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as well as the offshore oil and gas facilities within Israel’s territorial waters,” the company said.
“We are proud to be invited by the Israeli Navy and MOD to partner in the development of the Navy’s future-vessel and will dedicate ourselves as always to provide the optimal answer to the corps’ needs,” said Israel Shipyards CEO Eitan Zucker.
The Reshef Class vessels will be powered by two MTU 16V1163M94 V16 diesel engines, delivering 5920KW (7939bhp) each. They will have a maximum speed of around 30knots and a range of 5,500 kilometers @ 12knots.
The vessels will be equipped with IAI Elta EL/M-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) multi-mission naval radar and will be armed with an Otobreda 76 mm naval gun, eight RGM-84 Harpoon or Gabriel anti-ship missiles, 16 Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles and six Mark 32 torpedo tubes (Mark 46 torpedoes)
They will have a helideck capable of accommodating a medium-size helicopter.