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IDF to boost intelligence efforts on Jordanian border (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 05.15.12, 20:16)Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4229727,00.html YNet News - Yediot Achronot YNet News - Yediot Achronot Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Army hopes to deploy advanced observation system currently installed in south, in Jordanian border area too

An advanced observation system is set to be deployed along the border with Jordan as defense officials fear growing infiltration attempts. Officials are concerned that efforts to seal the Egyptian border will motivate infiltrators to access Israel via Jordan.

The advanced multi-sensor system allows high-quality observation deep into Jordanian territory. Defense officials hope the system will help thwart terror smuggling. The IDF is planning to considerably enhance the field intelligence collection effort in the Dead Sea region.

The system, which incorporates observation, photography and radar capabilities, is currently being deployed in the Egyptian border area. The Southern Command´s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps will track the Sinai region.

On the Jordanian border, the system will enable a reduction in combat forces deployed in the Jordan Valley. The IDF is aiming to boost protection of hotels and the Dead Sea Works. Six months ago, the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps thwarted a drug smuggling effort via a boat crossing the Dead Sea. Several other attempts in the area were also foiled.

The system´s deployment still awaits final approval and budget allocation and is slated to be implemented next year.

The past year has seen funds designated to the West bank sector reallocated to the Egyptian border area in the wake of growing terror alerts. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/15/12)


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