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Israeli Navy:
Saar 4.5 Missile Boat


Navy: Table of Contents | History & Overview | In Israel's Wars


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On February 12, 1991, following its two-year long construction at the Israel shipyards, the Nirit class INS Chetz (“Arrow”) was delivered to the Israel Navy. It was used as a prototype for testing advanced weapon systems which are now a part of the operational systems on Navy ships. Some of the Saar 4 missile boats were upgraded to Nirit class missile boats.

Outstanding features of this class of missile boats include very high survivability, extensive power and weapon systems designed for the naval arena. Advanced weapon systems include improved Gabriel missiles, Harpoon missiles, Barak anti-missile missiles, 76 mm guns, anti-aircraft guns, innovative night vision equipment, electronic warfare systems developed in Israel, a new radar system and a command & control system.

Technical Data - Nirit Class Saar 4.5

  • Length 61.7 meters
  • Beam 7.62 meters
  • Displacement full load 488 tons
  • Maximum Speed 34 knots
  • Propulsion 4 MTU engines
  • Weapon systems Vulcan Planks anti-missile and anti-aircraft gun
  • 76 mm sea-to-sea gun
  • 6 Gabriel sea-to-sea missiles
  • 8 Harpoon sea-to-sea missiles
  • 32 Barak missiles
  • Command, control and defense systems

Technical Data - Chochit Class Saar 4.5

  • Length 61.7 meters
  • Beam 7.62 meters
  • Propulsion 4 MTU engines
  • Weapon systems Vulcan gun
  • 8 Harpoon sea-to-sea missiles
  • Landing area
  • Command, control and defense systems

Sources: Israel Defense Forces

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