Israel’s military has been ordering equipment to defend against massive missile and rocket strikes. All of Israel’s military services plan to receive equipment to defend bases and other facilities. They said much of the equipment would be stored in preparation for a regional war expected to target every major military base in Israel.
“These protective measures are intended to be positioned within a short period of time, protecting both the soldiers and strategic facilities,” the Israel Army magazine Bamahane reported.
In May 2013, Bamahane said that for the first time the military would store concrete barriers and other equipment to protect bases. The magazine said the equipment, much of which provided by Washington, would adopt force protection tactics used by the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
The Israeli military decided to establish warehouses for base protection in wake of the Hamas war with Israel in November 2012. During that war, Hamas and the Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad targeted army and air force bases throughout southern Israel.
In the first stage of the project, the military would spend $3 million for concrete barriers, steel plates, sandbags and other equipment. Officials said the equipment was expected to arrive by the end of 2013.
The military has also been preparing to receive additional batteries of Iron Dome, developed by the state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. But officials acknowledged that the military could not afford to protect every base with an Iron Dome battery.