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INS Eilat (501)


Missile Corvette Warship (1994)


Naval Warfare

In active service since May 1994, INS Eilat 501 serves the modern Israeli Navy as one of three of her class of corvette warships.



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The Israeli Navy has followed the world lead in acquiring a more modern, "stealth-centric" corvette warship through the INS Eilat (501) and her kind. The class numbers three warships with lead ship Eilat launched in February of 1993 and commissioned on May 21st, 1994. As of 2016, she maintains an active status in the Israeli Navy. She was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding (Northrop Grumman) in the United States.

INS Eilat is categorized as a corvette with her primary role being that of missile boat. As such her armament suit is dominated by missile weaponry and she lives-and-dies through her available speed and agility. Power is provided for through a COmbined Diesel Or Gas (CODOG) engine arrangement in which one propulsion scheme can be selected over the other to minimize fuel consumption and maximize speed output (useful in "dashing" actions). The diesel units are 2 x MTU V12 1163 TB82 systems coupled with a General Electric LM2500 gas turbine. Maximum possible speed is in the vicinity of 33 knots under gas turbine power with ranges out to 3,500 nautical miles.

On board, Eilat is crewed by 74 personnel including a 10-man air wing. Her rear section houses a full-service helicopter hangar and helipad for launching/recovering and servicing a single Eurocopter Panther helicopters. The vessel carries the Argon ST AN/SLQ-25 "Nixie" decoy system as well as an Elbit chaff rocket launcher. Rafael provides the RF corner reflector / wireless jammer and Elisra the NS-9003A/9005 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR). Elta supplies the air-search and fire-control radar fits while EDO provides its Type 795 sonar system. Rafael is responsible for the towed sonar array.

Armament is led by 8 x RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. This is supported by 64 Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles protecting the main superstructure. For close-in defense, the vessel is outfitted with the 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) seated over the forecastle. A pair of Mark 32 triple torpedo tubes are also carried for dealing with undersea and on-sea threats. All told, INS Eilat can handle nearly any threat form approaching the vessel or the fleet it protects.

As built, Eilat sports an overall length of 281 feet, a beam of 39 feet and a draught of 10.4 feet. She displaces 1,075 tonnes under standard loads and 1,227 tonnes under full loads. The masts are only partially enclosed, adding some stealth qualities. The bridge is well-contoured to the forward superstructure and the smoke funnels - near midships - are of a low-profile and enclosed design. Additionally, hand rail sections are kept to a minimum, allowing the warship to exhibit a slab-sided appearance, further aiding her radar reduction.

Specifications



Service Year
1994

Origin
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Israel

Status
COMMISSIONED
In Active Service.
Complement
74
PERSONNEL


Class
Sa'ar 5-class
Number-in-Class
3
VESSELS
Ships-in-Class


INS Eilat (501); INS Lahav (502); INS Hanit (503)


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Operation
Activities conducted near shorelines in support of allied activities.


Length
281.0 ft
85.65 m
Beam
39.0 ft
11.89 m
Draught
10.4 ft
3.17 m
Displacement
1,100
tons


Installed Power: 2 x MTU V12 1163 TB82 diesel engines with General Electric LM2500 gas turbines in Combined Diesel Or Gas (CODOG) arrangement driving 2 x Shafts.
Surface Speed
33.0 kts
(38.0 mph)
Range
3,511 nm
(4,040 mi | 6,502 km)


kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
64 x Barak 1 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs)
8 x RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs)
2 x 6 Mark 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes (SVTT) torpedo launchers.
1 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS)


Supported Types


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1 x Eurocopter Panther helicopter


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