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COVID-19 impact delays INS Magen delivery

20th May 2020 - 16:30 GMT | by Joe Charlaff in Jerusalem

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Delivery of the first of four Sa’ar 6 corvettes for the Israeli Navy is being delayed by the industrial impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Israeli MoD ordered the new vessels from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for EUR430 million in January 2015 and first steel was cut in February 2018.

Hulls and superstructures of the four vessels are being built by TKMS and German Naval Yards Kiel (GNYK), with integration of combat systems, sensors and subsystems to take place in Israel. 

The first-in-class ship was officially named INS Magen in a commissioning ceremony on 23 May 2019

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