The Israeli Navy has ordered four new Shaldag Mk V patrol boats from Israel Shipyards in its first purchase of ships from a domestic yard in 15 years.
According to local reports, the deal is worth around $30.6 million, and will see the vessels delivered over the next four years.
“We are pleased with our long-standing cooperation with the Israeli Navy, and with the opportunity for our flagship vessel to become part of the Navy and its missions ‒ protecting our country’s maritime borders,” Eitan Zucker, Israel Shipyards CEO, said.
The Shaldag Mk V is a 32.65 meter platform displacing around 95 tons and attaining maximum speeds of over 40 knots, according to shipbuilder specifications.
The all-aluminum light and fast patrol vessels are driven by waterjets, with a high payload capacity.
Prior to this order, the Israeli Navy relied on foreign shipyards for the delivery of high-end surface and sub-surface warfare platforms. The most recent major order are the Sa’ar 6 corvettes, which are being built in Germany and fitted with Israeli Navy combat systems after delivery.