The German government announced Monday that it will sign off on a deal to sell three new ThyssenKrupp submarines to Israel, and also provide financial support for the $1.7 billion purchase, as in previous deals. The transaction was delayed over concerns about a corruption investigation in Israel. It was restarted after several arrests.
Although the submarines, which go into service in 2027, are likely to be equipped with nuclear missiles, German military experts said they are primarily intended to carry out spy missions off the coast of Iran. They could, however, be used to attack that country in the case of a nuclear war, the experts say.