Israel is arming submarines ordered from a German shipbuilder with nuclear weapons, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported.
According to the magazine’s Spiegel’s investigative report, submarines built by the shipyard HDW in the northern German city of Kiel are being outfitted by Israel with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Der Spiegel that Germans should be “proud” that through these defense measures they have helped ensure the preservation of the state of Israel “for many years.”
Three submarines have been delivered to Israel, with three more under contract for delivery by 2017, and the purchase of more being considered.
Despite official government statements in the past disavowing knowledge of Israel’s deployment of nuclear weapons on the submarines, former high-ranking officials from Germany’s Defense Ministry have told the magazine that they had always assumed Israel would outfit the submarines with nuclear defense capabilities.
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