Israel Shipyards proposed a program in which it would absorb hundreds of employees while investing in a new manufacturing layout that would allow the company to construct Saar 5.5 vessels, with a displacement of 2,100 tons.
The idea to have Israel Shipyards enter the field of advanced vessels for naval forces relied on projections of an increased global demand and that the navy would seek the procurement of an additional 100 combat vessels within the next decade. These estimates represent an enormous market, and according to experts, it would be enough for Israel Shipyards to accept orders for 10 such vessels to cover the necessary investments for attaining the capability needed to manufacture them.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense even approached the treasury with a request to assist Israel Shipyards with financial aid to turn the company into a central manufacturer of medium-sized combat vessels. However, at present, this plan is stuck.