Friday, August 25, 2006

Israel Purchases 2 New Nuclear-Capable Submarines

Israel has purchased two new German-built Dolphin submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
The purchase, made Wednesday, brings the number of Israeli nuclear-capable submarines to 5 and cost an estimated $1.3 billion dollars.
In Germany, opposition members have criticized the government over the deal citing concerns that they had not obtained guarantees "the submarines would not be used to carry nuclear weapons".
According to the WashingtonPost, Germany payed one third of the costs for the deisel-electric powered submarines. The purchase is viewed as a response to what the Israelis view as Iran's continued efforts develop nuclear weapons.
Israel is believed to posses more than 200 nuclear warheads, making it the country with the sixth-largest stockpile of atomic arms in the world.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Powered by Blogger.