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Israeli Navy orders four Shaldag MK V boats
Israel Shipyards, on 7 July, announced it had signed an agreement to supply the Israeli Navy with four Shaldag MK V fast patrol boats.
The vessels will be modified to meet Israeli Navy requirements and used primarily for security missions.
Sami Katsav, Israel Shipyards' chairman, said the order represented a 'seal of approval' for the vessel's quality.
Eitan Zucker, Israel Shipyards' CEO, said: '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.'
On 12 May, Israel Shipyards announced it had won a tender to supply the Shaldag MK V to an undisclosed Asian navy customer, likely the Philippines Navy.
Shephard Defence Insight notes that the Shaldag MK V features a deep-V hull and welded marine aluminium alloy superstructure, offering low resistance and superior sea-keeping characteristics such as low slamming in rough seas.
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