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In an effort to protect sensitive equipment and advanced munitions, the IDF has
drawn up intricate plans to dig massive bunkers inside mountains throughout the
country to thwart enemy missile fire, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
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multi-million-dollar plan was created by the IDF’s Logistics and Technology
Directorate, and is set to receive a dedicated budget from the General Staff in
the military’s next multi-year plan – expected to go into effect in
Under the plan, next year the IDF will begin building a relatively
small bunker of several thousand square meters inside a mountain whose location
is classified. If the project is successful, it will enter the next phase, which
includes building several more bunkers over the next few years.
the Second Lebanon War against Hizbullah in 2006 – and amid predictions that IDF
bases will be targeted in a future conflict – the Logistics and Technology
Directorate formulated the plan, dubbed “Operational Continuity.” Its primary
objective is to disperse important equipment into mountain bunkers across the
“We work under the assumption that in the next war, IDF bases
will be targeted,” a senior officer said on Monday.
“At the same time, we
need to be able to continue to supply troops who will be operating behind enemy
lines, and have a limited amount of supplies with them.”
The army will
also bolster protection of sensitive locations – such as warehouses where
advanced weapons are stored. Bunkers inside mountains could serve as an
alternative to open bases, the officer said.
An IDF delegation recently
visited a number of countries that uses similar bunker systems, including South
The IDF plans to issue a contract to civilian companies to build
the new facility.
“The advantage of building bunkers inside mountains is
that this way trucks – which come to load up on supplies – will not be doing so
out in the open, but will be able to drive into the bunker where they will be
protected, and then exit when it is safe again,” the officer said.
IDF has also begun holding seminars to prepare soldiers to continue operating if
enemy missiles strike bases.
Israel Air Force bases, which are considered
prime targets, have significantly increased the number of training exercises
they hold. At the Nevatim Base southeast of Beersheba on Monday, for example,
commanders held drills simulating missile attacks on the base, as well as
emphasizing the need to continue loading weapons on fighter jets.
at the Hatzor Base near Ashdod have prepared by carrying out over 25 drills last
year, compared to 12 in 2009.