Lt. Col. Eitan Paz, a flotilla commander, said the new vessels would bring a welcome upgrade to the aging Saar 5's, which are nearly 30 years old. They would be equipped with newer and more powerful radar and other electronic systems, and handle rough seas much better than their predecessors. The 90-meter vessels are equipped with rocket and missile defense systems, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and an upgraded launching pad for Israel's newest attack helicopters. Physically, it's not much bigger than the Saar 5. But it adds all of these systems.
The first boat, the INS Magen, or ‘Shield,’ was supposed to arrive in August, but delivery was delayed due to the coronavirus. It would be deployed immediately and reach full operational capacity within several months after it is outfitted with Israeli weapons systems in several phases.
Israeli Navy Ship.
A small group of warships.
The flotilla was raided in international waters off the coast of Gaza.