Monitor the IDF: Time for a Navy but what is the mission

Of Destroyers and Doctrine: An Evaluation of Israel’s Decision to Invest in Larger Hulls



“The addition of destroyers to the Israeli fleet is both expensive and unnecessary.  For the price of two destroyers, the INS could expand its flotillas of corvettes, missile boats, or submarines. Israel developed a successful doctrine based on such ships after unsatisfactory experiences with larger hulls. An expanded version of its current fleet would be able to continue to fulfil current operational requirements and do a better job than two destroyers of protecting the EEZ while maintaining the capability to react to unexpected contingencies and prevent regional opponents from exploiting the sea. It would accomplish this more cheaply and with less risk than two destroyers could. In short, destroyers are the wrong investment at the wrong time. Israel would do better to stick to a successful doctrine of smaller but highly capable vessels than invest in expensive destroyers that do not fulfill operational requirements.  In this case, bigger is not better but more might just be merrier.”

Have to say going bigger seems to be an error but what if a different mission is envisioned for these destroyers? I have not seen any specs of the type of ship but one could be the new German F125 Frigate. One of the long range missions for these ships might be the disembarkation of special forces:

 A novelty on board a frigate is the integration of a quota Special Forces including their equipment. Therefore, a separate reference room, a separate planning area are provided in addition to the accommodation area for a 50-man Special Forces contingent. Storage spaces for weapons and ammunition of the special forces are provided. Also on the C-deck space for two 20-foot containers (equipment and material) is scheduled. The F125 will also have four slots for 33-foot boat speed boats (about 40 knots) as a transfer agent for special forces. In addition, the special forces can be spent with the two on-board helicopters to the operational area. The asymmetric threat detection, defense and combating asymmetric threats can include performed with the multifunction radar with extended short-range resolution, with sonar, underwater drones, infrared-camera surveillance system, as well as electro-optical trackers. On a perceived threat, the use of the F125 system can react by new algorithms within a very short warning times with the appropriate use of arms (2 x 27-mm MGL, 5 x 12,7 mm machine gun). The weapons are so integrated into the ship that a selective and largely automatic control to a few meters in front of the lift is possible. With centrally-controlled water cannons and searchlights, the F125 also has non-lethal effectors.

Another mission, not mentioned might be missile defense. Something similar to Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System might be envisioned by Israeli Navy planners. What ever the real mission, it might just be easier to justify such a costly resource by saying it will be used to defend natural gas resources.

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