Israel's second German-built IKL Type 800 submarine, the Leviathan, on the ship-lift at Howaldtswerke, Kiel, this June for painting and hull maintenance; note that no anechoic coating is visible on the hull. She and sister Dolphin were paid for by the German government, and the $300 million cost of the third unit, the Tekuma (launched 9 July), was shared equally with Israel. The 1,720-metric-ton (submerged displacement), 188-foot trio have an unsupported endurance of 60 days, a range of up to 14,000 nm at 4 knots on snorkel (8,000 at 8 knots), and can sustain 20 knots submerged for more than an hour. Armament includes 16 wire-guided torpedoes and UGM-84C Harpoon missiles, launched from ten bow tubes. Six officers and 24 enlisted operate each boat.
By A. D. Baker III