IDF plans supply depots protected against missiles

Underground supply depots will be protected in the event of a major missile bombardment on military bases.

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August 10, 2012 03:05
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The IDF plans to build underground supply depots that will be protected in the event of a major missile bombardment on military bases throughout the country.

Led by OC IDF Technology and Logistics Directorate Maj.-Gen. Kobi Barak, the program – which the General Staff has budgeted – will lead to the construction of three integrated, centralized and advanced supply depots in northern, southern and central Israel.

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Under the current format, the IDF maintains a fuel depot, a separate food supply center, a base for spare parts and additional bases that supply ammunition.

“These new bases will have all of the supplies under a single roof,” a senior officer from the Technology and Logistics Directorate said. “It will make the process of supplying units more effective and will be done with advanced technology and automated systems.”

Since the bases will become prime targets for Syria, Hezbollah, Iran and Hamas, the IDF is planning to fortify them with significant defenses and to eventually protect them with Iron Dome counter- rocket batteries. Part of the supply depots will be buried underground to prevent it from being damaged in any future missile onslaught.

In addition to supplying units, the Technology and Logistics Directorate is also responsible for opening supply lines to units operating behind enemy lines and ensuring the flow of supplies – fuel, food, ammunition and spare parts – for the duration of what could be an extended conflict.

Last year, The Jerusalem Post revealed that the IDF was dispersing spare parts and ammunition throughout central and southern Israel to protect them against missile fire in a future war, expected to primarily affect the ability to receive supplies in the North.

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In addition, the IDF has also dispersed kits in undisclosed locations throughout the Golan Heights and the Galilee so that they will be close to the northern front in the event of a war and at the same time provide protection from potential missile fire, expected to be directed at IDF bases.

The IDF is now also planning to lease civilian warehouses where it can store nonsensitive equipment – such as dry foods and uniforms – and protect them from future missile attacks.

“The enemy knows where IDF bases are located but will not know which civilian warehouses we are storing supplies in,” the officer explained.

Under the Ground Forces Command’s operational doctrine, infantry, armored and artillery units are expected to take with them enough supplies to support operations inside enemy territory for a limited number of days. Afterward, they are expected to open supply lines, which will be used to resupply them throughout a war.

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