IDF to Hold ‘Rummage Auction’ of Old Equipment

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IDF tanks at a deployment area near the Gaza Strip in August 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM - The IDF is getting rid of excess and old equipment, including tents, computers, used vehicles, kitchen equipment, old uniforms, tanks and ammunition — and for one lucky customer, a snowplow. The equipment will either be sold, junked or refurbished, depending on its condition.

The housecleaning at IDF bases was prompted by the fact that many bases in the center of the country are moving to new locations in southern Israel. Equipment that has been stockpiled for decades and is no longer in use is not going to be moved to the new locations; thus, the gathering of the outmoded equipment, which, according to the IDF, is sufficient to fill “four football fields.”

Speaking to Yisrael Hayom, IDF officials said they were “amazed” at the amount of equipment a tour of the bases yielded. “The collection of this stuff has been going on for decades,” the officials said. “There was a lot of stuff hidden behind buildings and in warehouses, and we have decided to get rid of it.”

While the preference would be to refurbish equipment for continued use, officials said that it was unlikely that large amounts of the equipment could be fixed up at a reasonable cost. Altogether, as much as 90 percent of the equipment will have to be scrapped as unsalvageable, army officials said.