Sa’ar 6 class corvette

In 2015 Israel ordered a total of 4 Sa’ar 6 class corvettes from Germany. Although almost universally identified with Israel, the Sa’ar 6 class corvette were in fact constructed in Germany and are based on Braunschweig class design. This is Germany’s newest class of ocean-going corvettes. Though modifications were made to the design in order to fit Israeli weapons and sensors.  The first warship of the class, Magen, was delivered in 2020. Remaining 3 corvettes were planned to be delivered in 2021. Currently these are the largest and most heavily-armed warships in service with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). These new warships will operate alongside the older Sa’ar 5 class corvettes. The Sa’ar 5 class warships were built in the United States and have been around since the mid 1990s and will likely remain in service well into foreseeable future.


The Sa’ar 6 class corvettes are significantly larger than the older Sa’ar 5 class warships. These are the most powerful and advanced warships, used by Israel. The new Sa’ar 6 class corvettes carry significantly more missiles than the previous Sa’ar 5 class corvettes. Also the new corvettes have reduced radar cross section. The new warships will provide Israel with a major boost


INS Magen during sea trials in Germany. Naval News picture.
INS Magen during sea trials in Germany. Naval News picture.

The ships’ design is loosely based on the German Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering changes to accommodate Israeli-built sensors and missiles such as the Barak 8 and the naval Iron Dome system. Elbit Systems has been awarded the contract to design and build the electronic warfare (EW) suites for the ships.

All four vessels were constructed in Germany in a joint project by German Naval Yards Holdings and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The first of the class was scheduled to be delivered in 2020. Construction cost was estimated at NIS 1.8 billion Israeli new shekel (NIS) or roughly 430 million Euros ($480 million). Israel will pay for two thirds of the cost and the German Government will subsidize a third of the corvettes’ construction costs, as with the Dolphin-class submarines.


The Lebanese Hezbollah group alleges that Israel’s gas fields lie in Lebanese waters. It has threatened to target Israeli gas platforms. An Israeli-owned ship reportedly came under missile fire repeatedly near the United Arab Emirates. The ship was en route to the UAE from Kuwait, according to Channel 12 news.

The Sa’ar 6 has been adopted for maritime protection, anti-shipping and prevent threats in the Israeli exclusive economic zone (EEZ).The Sa’ar 6 is also used to defend Israeli shipping lanes in the Mediterranean to import more than 90 percent of goods for Israel. One of their roles will be to protect natural gas platforms in the Mediterranean Sea against possible sea-borne, counter-terrorism or rocket threats.


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Israel Navy Saar 6

The Sa’ar 6 has a displacement of almost 1,900 tons at full load and is 90 m (295 ft 3 in) long. It is armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 16 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, 40 cells for the C-Dome point defense system, 16 anti-ship missiles Gabriel V, the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar, and two 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo launchers. It has hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium class SH-60-type helicopter.

Israeli Navys Saar 6 class corvette successfully launches Gabriel 5 anti ship missile
Israeli Sa’ar 6-class corvette launching Gabriel 5 anti-ship missile (Picture source: IDF)

Israel received the first of four Sa’ar 6-class corvettes, INS Magen, on 11 December 2020; Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems officially handed over the second corvette, INS Oz, on 4 May 2021. On July 27, 2021, the final two ships, INS Atzmaut and INS Nitzachon, were also delivered to the Israeli Navy by the builder. They were to be equipped with radar and weapon systems by the Israeli Navy after their arrival in Israel. In Haifa in September 2022, the vessel’s 76/62 rapid-fire main gun was ceremonially accepted for the first two ships of the class.

Ships of class

The Sa’ar 6-class Nitzahon, right, next to its sister ship, the Atzmaot, at the port of Haifa on Aug. 30, 2021. (Courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces)
Sa’ar 6-class corvette

Name Builders Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Magen (Defender\Shield) German Naval Yards Holdings & ThyssenKrupp 7 February 2018 12 May 2019 11 November 2020 Active
Oz (Courage) February 2018[18] 24 August 2019 4 May 2021
Atzmaut (Independence) 2018 2019 September 2021 Sea trials/fitting-out with Israeli weapons/radar
Nitzachon (Victory) 2018 2019 November 2021
Class Overview
Name Sa’ar 6 class
Operators  Israeli Navy
Preceded by Sa’ar 5 class
Cost NIS 1.8 billion (US$557 million) per unit (2015 est.)
Planned 4
Completed 4
Active 4
General characteristics
Type Corvette
Displacement 1,900 long tons (1,900 t) at full load
Length 90 m (295 ft 3 in)
Range 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) 
Sensors and
processing systems
EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar
  • 1 × Oto Melara 76 mm main gun
  • 2 × Typhoon Weapon Stations
  • 16 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles
  • 40 vertical launch cells for C-Dome point defense system
  • 16 Gabriel V anti-ship missile
  • 2 × 324 mm (13 in) torpedo launchers
  • 1 MH-60 Seahawk multi-mission helicopter


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Further reading

  • LAPPIN, Yaakov (26 May 2016). “How navy engineers made the next missile ship stealthy”. Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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