IDF building backup facilities for key sites (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/14/12)
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Wary of missiles attacking sensitive military installations in a
future war, the IDF has approved a NIS 1.5 billion plan to build
backup facilities and reinforce sites that could be targeted.
As of May, the IDF has budgeted NIS 750 million for the project, with
plans to allocate the second half by the end of 2012. The IDF Home
Front Command and Operations Directorate chooses the list of
installations that require the reinforcement or construction of
Despite having a secondary facility under construction, a key IDF
base in the North will be retrofitted. The IDF fears that the base
will undergo heavy damage in a future war and therefore decided to
build the secondary facility. That location is confidential
information, located somewhere in the center of the country.
“Redundancy and secondary facilities are key elements of the
program,” a senior officer explained. “This way, if one facility is
damaged the other will be able to continue operating.”
Last week, The Jerusalem Post revealed that Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu approved a budget that will fortify close to a dozen
critical national infrastructure sites.
The IDF recently conducted a study – based on the results of the
First Gulf War, the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead –
analyzing the extent of damage caused to the home front in a future
war. The scenario includes the type of missiles and rockets now in
Hezbollah and Hamas hands.
The study also highlights the possible degree of infrastructure
damage. The IDF believes that Hezbollah may try to hit military
installations with its long-range rockets but could then shift its
focus to infrastructure and civilian targets at a later stage of a
future war. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/14/12)
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