A system designed to detect infiltration tunnels proved successful in laboratory tests for the first time ever and is now being tested in the field, a senior IDF officer said Monday.

If the field test proves successful, the system can be deployed around the Gaza Strip within approximately one year, the officer added.

The system will cost from NIS 1.5 billlion to NIS 2.5 billion to deploy.

The officer said that the IDF is also working to improve the Iron Dome.  It is believed that, in the future, Israel's enemies will try to overcome the rocket defense system by launching a number of missiles and rockets at the same time, including more advanced projectiles that can reach a greater height than those previously fired from Gaza. Among the improvements being worked on is giving the Iron Dome the ability to intercept rockets over enemy territory, before they enter Israel.

The officer also touted the Trophy tank defense system for its success in saving the lives of IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge.

He said the Trophy system had neutralized dozens of anti-tank missiles fired at tanks and armored personnel carriers during the operation.

The officer said the defense establishment was in need of an additional NIS 3 billion in order to bolster Israel's ground forces.


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