Germany to Build Four OPVs for Israel

Photo Credit: jimmyweee, Malaysian OPV Pahang, IMDEX2007

Photo Credit: jimmyweee, Malaysian OPV Pahang, IMDEX2007

DefenseNews is reporting that Germany will be building four Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Israeli Navy. Israel has seen a need for OPVs to protect its growing offshore energy industry.

Israel had previously considered the Lockheed “international” LCS design, but it was deemed too expensive. The design selected is a version of the MEKO A100. Two versions of this design are already in service, The Kedah class (pictured above) with the Malaysian Navy and the K-130 class corvettes of the German Navy.

It will be interesting to see how these ships turn out. They will be similar in size, perhaps a bit smaller than the Offshore Patrol Cutters.

A late addition:


Added Nov. 16, 2020.


6 thoughts on “Germany to Build Four OPVs for Israel

  1. From what the Germans are looking to sell and what ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is proposing to sell to Israel is the Blohm+Voss Class MEKO® A100 Corvette. It is advertized as a compact frigate and a smaller sister to the Blohm+Voss Class MEKO® A200 Frigate. it is basically a Light frigate. I would not be shocked if Israel decides to go with German Navy F-125 Frigate design or the MEKO A200 that they are currently building for Algeria.

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