Germany gives up selling Israel very discounted naval submarine

German opposition parties, including the Social Democrats (SPD), have recently voiced opposition about weapons exports to crisis areas.

Germany gives up selling Israel very discounted naval submarine

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has turned down Israel's bid to buy a sixth naval submarine, two warships and torpedoes from it at deep German discounts amid economic crisis, the U.S. journal Defense News reported.

German opposition parties, including the Social Democrats (SPD), have recently voiced opposition about weapons exports to crisis areas.

But, Dolphins cost some $700 million but those in Israel's fleet were extensively underwritten by Germany.

The decision was conveyed to an Israeli defence delegation in Berlin on July 7. Israel wanted to exploit German subsidies of up to one-third on the total price of $1.6 billion.

"Germany is now grappling with a bad economic situation," Udi Shani, director-general of Israel's Defence Ministry, told the latest edition of Defense News.

An Israeli defence official confirmed Reuters news agency that Shani had been in Berlin on July 7, and while declining to discuss the Defense News report directly, described the visit as "dispiriting".

The German government denied it had been holding talks with Israel on subsidising the purchase of new naval vessels.

"There are no negotiations between Israel and Germany about submarines," government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said.

Israel has three of the Dolphin diesel submarines, which carry nuclear missiles. Another two are on order from Kiel shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) and due by 2012.


Agencies

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