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The Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Israel Shipyards Limited (ISL) to design the Navy’s next, most advanced combat vessel – the RESHEF-class.

Intended as the replacement for the venerable SA’AR 4.5-class, now in service for over 20 years, the new vessel will be designed to successfully withstand the new and evolving threats and challenges the force will face. Based on the yards’ proven ISL S-72 design, the RESHEF will significantly enhance Israeli Navy capabilities in the future combat field and will assist in protection of Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone, as well as the offshore oil and gas facilities within Israel’s territorial waters. All combat systems on board the new ship will be of Israeli origin.

One of the largest privately-owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean, ISL’s main offerings cover SA'AR-class missile corvettes, including SA’AR 4, SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR S-72; Offshore Patrol Vessels; Fast Patrol Craft, including the SHALDAG MK II – MK V series; commercial ships; tugboats and multipurpose boats. In recent decades, the company has built and delivered a large number of these vessels, which are in active service with the Israeli Navy as well as in the maritime services of countries around the world.

“We are proud to be invited by the Israel 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,” commented ISL Managing Director, Eitan Zucker.

The preliminary design of the RESHEF-class is based on the S-72 design. (Image: Israel Shipyards)

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