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Advanced submarines, missile boats capable of attacking aircraft, radars capable of tracing underwater strikes. These are some of the features of the Israeli Navy in 2025.
Submarines will be capable of monitoring objects, identify them from afar and fire highly rapid missiles; missile boats will be able to take out fighter jets; cutting edge systems will scour the bottom of the sea and issue alerts on anyone lurking there. Israel’s Navy will feature these capabilities and more in 2025. This, according to the projection for 2025. Naval officers say that in ten years’ time the navy will be very deadly.
Among the primary innovations the Israeli Navy will deploy in 2025, will be advanced missiles, cutting edge radars and sonars, new vessels and numerous smart shore cameras along Israel’s coastline.
One of the guiding prepositions at the heart of the Israeli Navy’s allocation planning for the north of the country, is that the Hezbollah continues to arm itself with strategic weapons system. According to the navy’s assessment, the Hezbollah will possess Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles (aka P-800 Oniks).
In 2025, the Israeli Navy’s submarines will be even stealthier than the current ones. They will also have better tracking capabilities. This will be based on sonars and radar systems which will emit sound waves and electromagnetic radiation, respectively. The rays reach objects, and reflected back. Analyzing the data received allows monitoring objects, identifying them and pinpointing their locations – along with that of any adversary. This, according to Colonel S., former submarine squadron deputy chief. The Israeli Navy’s future subs will have smaller crews, with each member in charge of several systems. This means less manpower, but the existing staffs will be highly trained technologically speaking.
The coming decade will usher in three Dolphin class submarines. The navy already received the first. The second is planned to arrive from the docks in Germany sometime later in the year, and the third will arrive at an undisclosed time after that.
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Israel’s subs will be equipped with advanced torpedoes featuring improved capabilities, such as being able to hit faraway targets at high speeds. Their sonars will also be more advanced than the current systems.
The Israeli Navy’s squadron of missile boats will be equipped with Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles (SAM), which are currently under development. They will be capable of targeting other missiles as well as aircraft, as part of an entire battery comprising an improved dedicated radar system. This will extend the ship’s ’safe zone’. According to the navy’s weapons department head Colonel Gil, the new radar will be stationary, rather than the constantly rotating current system. The Barak 8 system’s radar will be a fixed, digital device with plenty of eyes and 360 degree vision. It is so powerful, it can also double as an air defense station, to further monitor the sky above for incoming fighter jets.
Another innovation in Israel’s marine borders: radar systems of two kinds, capable of tracing underwater incursions into Israeli territory. These radars bolster the ability to technologically identify anyone attempting to cross into Israeli waters and move on to the beach. The devices have already undergone operational assessment, which revealed their range is truly impressive.
It should be noted that security experts reiterate that in view of the terrorist organizations’ ever rising sophistication on the one hand, and the rising importance of critical infrastructure on the other, safeguarding shore installations will feature prominently among the navy’s missions in the coming decade. These critical facilities are not only power stations, desalination plants and seaports. The primary mission will be to protect Israel’s gas rigs and shore pipelines.