After a coronavirus-related delay, Israel's navy is preparing for the long-awaited arrival of its next generation of missile boats-giving it a powerful new tool to defend its strategic natural gas industry from the threat of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
The first missile boat of ＇Project Magen＇ is scheduled to arrive by early December, with three more of the German-made corvettes scheduled to arrive over the next two years.
＇It's bigger. It's newer. It's faster. It's better,＇ said Rear Adm. Eyal Harel, head of Israeli naval operations, during a rare tour of Israel's offshore Leviathan gas field. A massive gas platform stood just a few hundred meters away.
Known in Hebrew as the Shield of David.
A battleship ranking below a frigate in size.
The dimensions of corvette are slightly smaller as compared to the traditional frigate combat vessel, serving especially as a stop-gap between the larger naval combat vessels.