Israel builds massive fence to protect aircraft in southern airport

Israel has introduced new and innovative means to protect its new airport in the south of the country.  

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News 

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has constructed a new 30-meter high (98 ft.) barrier along parts of its border with Jordan, introducing a unique solution developed for the protection of the new Ilan and Asaf Ramon Airport, situated just north of Eilat.

Placed on dozens of tall pillars, the fence was designed to protect aircraft against a range threats, including ballistic projectiles, during take-off or landing at the airport. A 4.5 kilometer long fence and technological means are also included in its development.

The construction of the innovative barrier is part of Israel’s building of the eastern fence along the Israel-Jordan border between Eilat and the sands of Samar, at a cost of some NIS 300 million.

Some 30 kilometers, or two thirds, of the barrier have so far been deployed.

The new fence is being modeled after the security barriers along Israel’s borders with Egypt and Syria, with adjustments for the specific terrain in the desert area. The undertaking includes the development of roads systems, observation towers, operations centers and other advanced technological measures.

“We are constantly working to strengthen the security components on all borders, in the face of existing and future challenges,” stated Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman.

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He said the unique protective measures at the airport are “further proof of the creativity and ability of the defense establishment, and this is the foundation of the IDF’s strength.”

One of the complexities of the project is that the construction of the fence requires the evacuation of 13 kilometers of old minefields, which will be completed in the coming months.

With the environment in mind, hydrological solutions have been developed to enable the establishment of the Nahal Ha’Arvah route, which includes resilient waterway barriers, ecological passages for animals, as well as corrosion prevention solutions.