Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2
- Sep 28, 2011
Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German Submarines - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Germany is helping Israel to develop its military nuclear capabilities, SPIEGEL has learned. According to extensive research carried out by the magazine, Israel is equipping submarines that were built in the northern German city of Kiel and largely paid for by the German government with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The missiles can be launched using a previously secret hydraulic ejection system. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told SPIEGEL that Germans should be "proud" that they have secured the existence of the state of Israel "for many years."
In the past, the German government has always stuck to the position that it is unaware of nuclear weapons being deployed on the vessels. Now, however, former high-ranking officials from the German Defense Ministry, including former State Secretary Lothar RÃ¼hl and former chief of the planning staff Hans RÃ¼hle, have told SPIEGEL that they had always assumed that Israel would deploy nuclear weapons on the submarines. RÃ¼hl had even discussed the issue with the military in Tel Aviv.