INS Lahav

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INS Lahav with EL/M-2248 MF-STAR installed
Career (Israel)
Name: Lahav
Namesake: Blade
Builder: Northrop Grumman by Ingalls Shipbuilding
Launched: August 1993
Commissioned: 23 September 1994[1]
Status: Active
Badge: Isnavlhv.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Sa'ar 5-class corvette
Length: 85.64 m (280.97 ft)
Beam: 11.88 m (38.98 ft)
Draft: 3.17 m (10.40 ft)
Propulsion: Combined Diesel or Gas
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km)
  • 64 officers and crewmen
  • 10 aircrew
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Aircraft carried: Eurocopter Panther
Aviation facilities: Helipad and helicopter hangar

The INS Lahav (502) (translated as blade) is a Sa'ar 5-class corvette of the Israeli Navy that was built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in 1993. She is one of three Sa'ar 5-class corvettes in service with the Israeli Navy and her homeport is Haifa, Israel.[3]

The contract for the construction of the three ships of the class was signed in the early 1980s. The Lahav was the second ship of the class to be launched in 1993 and she was commissioned in September 1994. The Lahav took part in the 2006 Lebanon War by blockading Lebanese ports. She has also taken part in numerous NATO exercises including one in April 2008 with the Turkish and American navies.[4]

She took part in the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.

The Israeli Navy chose INS Lahav as the first Sa'ar 5 corvette to be equipped with the advanced EL/M-2248 MF-STAR radar. On September 23, 2014 she was presented to the public with the new radar at Haifa naval base.[2]


  1. ^ "INS Lahav". Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. Retrieved 2008-12-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Israeli Navy Sa'ar 5 class corvettes fitted with IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR multifunction AESA radar". 
  3. ^ Toppan, Andrew. "World Navies today: Israel". World Navies today. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "NATO Naval Force Visits Israel for Joint Training Exercise". Jewishvirtuallibraries. April 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 

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