Tunnel Detectors Deployed Along Gaza Border

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The IDF has begun deployment of a system of sensors for detecting the existence of terror tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip, Globes reported on Thursday.

Elbit Systems developed the new system in cooperation with a small startup, the Geophysical Institute of Israel, and the Ministry of Defense Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.

The deployment concludes a process begun about three months before the outbreak of war with Hamas last July, sources said.

Defense Ministry officials say that the system has already provided the IDF with alerts on  the presence of a tunnel that was likely aimed at use in a future terrorist attack on Israeli territory.

Technically, the military is satisfied that the system works. Now comes the question of money. A defense source estimated the cost of each kilometer (three fifths of a mile) at $1 million, although other sections along the border will require coverage that will raise the cost of per-kilometer deployment to $2 million.