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IDF Testing New Tunnel Detection System

The tunnel detection system will cost up to NIS 2.5 billion but will cover the entire border with Gaza.

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Terrorists are seen emerging from a terrorist tunnel just a few meters away from a kibbutz near the Gaza border.

Terrorists are seen emerging from a terrorist tunnel just a few meters away from a kibbutz near the Gaza border.
Photo Credit: Screenshot / IDF Spokesperson's Unit



A new tunnel detection system in development for the past 18 months is now in the field testing phase, after having passed laboratory tests.

A senior IDF officer said Monday the system is comprised of two parallel technologies based on sensor that detect underground excavation and underground cavities.

The system, which has already been tested in the sewage system of Tel Aviv, carries a hefty price tag; up to NIS 2.5 billion by the time all is said and done. It will take at least another year to implement along the 64 kilometer border with Gaza if all goes well.

The IDF soon hopes to carry out tests on the new and improved sensors in order to deploy the system.

The IDF will also recommend pairing an additional physical infrastructure with the new system to prevent Gaza terrorists from digging any more tunnels under the border into Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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