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By Eliot Elwar     Jun 5, 2012 in Technology
Today, Germany continues supplying Israel with submarines that have nuclear cruise missile launch systems. This public admission shows Israel's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) deterrence capabilities against Iran and other Mideast adversaries.
According to Al Arabiya News, Germany is supplying Israel with submarines equipped with nuclear warhead cruise missiles. The Israelis have been equipping their submarines, which are built in the northern German city of Kiel and paid for by Germany, with nuclear warhead cruise missiles for years. The nuclear warhead cruise missiles can be launched by employing a hydraulic ejection system. Israel will be able to deploy these missiles immediately during the coming Mideast war. The military deal means the Kiel shipyard will supply Israel with six Dolphin-class diesel-electric submarines, where three under water warships have already been delivered.
According to the Scotsman, Israel is buying submarines from Germany with nuclear weapons in a secret “Samson” program. German press reporting confirmed this program along with information on cruise missile launch systems installed on various undersea warships. German press had evidence that the Popeye cruise missiles were built by experts at the Israeli defense company Rafael and have a range of 1529km with a 204kg warhead.
According to Iran English Radio, German opposition parties lashed out at Berlin's decision to deliver Dolphin-class submarines to Israel where they are being equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The head of the faction of the radical leftist party Die Linke, Gregor Gysi declared the controversial submarine deal should be "out of the question."
Finally, according to naval-technology news, each Israeli Dolphin class submarine has the capacity to carry 16 surface-to-surface missiles or torpedoes. The surface-to-surface missile is the submarine-launched Harpoon, which delivers a 227kg warhead to a range of 130km at high subsonic speed. Each submarine has 10 bow torpedo tubes. Four of the tubes have a 650mm diameter that can launch swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs). With liners the tubes can be employed for torpedoes, where six tubes of 533mm diameter for launching DM2A3 torpedoes. The torpedoes employ wire-guided active homing to deliver a 260kg warhead at a maximum speed of 35kt to a target range of over 13km. Employing passive homing and speed of 22kt, the torpedo has a range up to 28km. The submarine can be equipped with mines.
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