The Department of Production and Procurement in the Israel Ministry of Defense and Israel Shipyards have signed a procurement agreement worth approximately NIS 90 million (about $25 million) for the construction of a floating maintenance dock.
The floating dock will enable staff to raise the ships above sea level for regular maintenance work, as well as for the purpose of installing Israeli combat systems onto the vessels. The dock will service the Israel Navy’s submarines and Sa’ar 6 corvettes, and its construction is estimated to be completed in two years.
The dock will enable the installment of Israeli combat systems onto the ships, following their arrival to Israel. The agreement also includes support and maintenance work for approximately ten years.
The agreement also includes the primary design and planning of the Navy’s future vessels. Israel Shipyards will lead their design and construction in order to replace older models built in the 1980s and 1990s. The initial planning phase will take over a year.
Head of IMOD’s Department of Production and Procurement Avi Dadon said the ministry has been working on the agreement with the Israel Navy and Israel Shipyards for a long time.
“We have succeeded in raising an NIS budget, which will keep the work in Israel, in spite of budgetary constraints. This is in line with DOPP’s policy of strengthening Israeli industries. This is a vote of confidence in our excellent defense industry, and budgets that are all invested back in the Israeli economy,” said Dadon.
“Israel Shipyards is proud to continue to design and manufacture operational vessels and marine installations for the Ministry of Defense and the Israel Navy,” said Israel Shipyards CEO Eitan Zucker. “We will continue to accompany and strengthen the Navy and provide all that is required for the Navy to fulfill its missions and secure the State of Israel.”